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post #21 of 26 Old 01-27-2017
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Re: Ground Tackle for PSC 34

Our Bristol has only one anchor roller. I thought this was a problem but thought I would give it a try. Result is that we ended up using our Manson Supreme for more than 1000 nights of anchoring and never considered the need to drop a second anchor. Once we used our ancient Hi-tensile Danforth to hold us in one spot while the tide came up when some dummy (that would be me) managed to get us stuck ons one coral. Our brand new Fortress never saw the water.

I could see how a Supreme or Rocna might cause problems on boats with two anchors on rollers or with some bowsprits or platforms. We spent some time with Peter Smith, the guy who invented the Rocna, in Namibia. He had just picked up the prototype for the new Vulcan anchor which is like a Rocna but with no roll bar. He was confident it would work fine without the roll bar. It certainly would stow more neatly.

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Re: Ground Tackle for PSC 34

All this talk of the Rocna type anchors not fitting on a vessel's bow or with another anchor got me thinking. After something over three years of anchoring with our Rocna almost every night, I believe I would redesign my bow roller set up to accommodate a Rocna before I'd ever think of sailing without one again.
As for bothering with having a second anchor on the bow, it's completely unnecessary, these days. IMO these "next gen" anchors have revolutionized the whole idea of anchoring, and even though I'll still carry at least 4 complete anchors and rodes, I sincerely doubt that any of the secondaries will ever get used with enough regularity for any of them to need to be on the bow.
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Re: Ground Tackle for PSC 34

Just about finished with the rebuild of my Seatiger 555. Housing was blasted, chemical stripped (because of intense infiltration of grease in the casting), and powder coated. All new parts from SL Spares in the UK. Still have to fill it up with grease and install the bottom gasket and plate, but just about there. One step closer to having overhauled the ground tackle system. Still need new chain and rode and have to figure out how to completely secure the new Mantus.

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Re: Ground Tackle for PSC 34

I've been slowly working on a couple of off-season projects. I finally figured out how to secure the new Mantus 35lb anchor on my PSC 34 bow pulpit. I've posted a couple of pictures, so hopefully this will help any other PSC 34 owners who want to switch to a Mantus.

The problem that I encountered was that when hauled in tight, the inboard fluke of the anchor impinged on the bobstay, so that was unacceptable. I ordered Mantus' Anchor Mate in hopes that it would eliminate the problem. However, the Anchor Mate isn't designed to work with the somewhat custom bow pulpit and anchor roller on the PSC34. After trying a couple of alternatives, I decided that I needed to fit the Anchor Mate immediately next to the roller (and inside the metal brackets that hold the roller). I ordered a new, narrower roller, that allowed slightly more room for the Anchor Mate and used bronze bushings to keep the Anchor Mate tight, but still allow the roller to spin freely.

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Re: Ground Tackle for PSC 34

Not on a PSC, but here is a picture of my Mantus Anchor Mate;


And here are some pics of the Anchor Mate with my Rocna;




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Re: Ground Tackle for PSC 34

Sorry, I didn't mean for my post to be stupid or a plug for the Mantus Anchor Mate. I genuinely puzzled for some time before figuring out how to mount this new anchor, just thought it might help another PSC owner with a the same anchor roller setup that I have.
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