We’ve all heard the phrase “anchors aweigh,” but do you really know what it even means?
If you’re like me, and not really much of a nautical expert, you might not totally know! So I did a quick google check before this post to make sure I accurately explained the saying. Oh and by the way, it seems the terms anchors “aweigh” and anchors “away” are used synonymously nowadays, so that makes me feel a little better.
To “weigh anchor” is to bring it aboard a vessel in preparation for departure. The phrase “anchors aweigh” is a report that the anchor is clear of the sea bottom and, therefore, the ship is officially underway.
Although we’re not technically departing here (but will be leaving very soon!), we did need to bring aboard and assemble our awesome new (45lb.) Mantus anchor. So we did just that this weekend. (PS – Assembly was a breeze. Probably the second easiest boat project, next to installing traction to our companionway stairs, lol.)
In our opinion, Mantus Anchors is the best anchor company around! Over the last decade, tests performed by Cruising World, Practical Sailor, Sail and PMY magazines proved that new-generation type boat anchors outperform the traditional designs. Mantus anchors are designed to set in very hard or grassy bottoms. No other boat anchor on the market can set as rapidly, reliably, and securely.
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What’s also nice about the Mantus anchor is that it breaks down for easy storage, so you can store one or two as spares without taking up much needed boat space (and hence the need to assemble our new anchor mentioned above).
In addition to the anchor, we also have the Mantus Bridle/Snubber System aboard s/v LAHO.
Now we just need to inventory our existing chain and purchase new chain as well and we can mark this off the project list.
So close to officially leaving, I can taste it! 😉
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