Mantus Anchors was founded in 2012, but my venture started several years before in Cartagena, Colombia, half way through my 12-months sailing adventure in Latin America. At the time, still a novice sailor, I quickly discovered how anxiety-provoking anchoring could be. I definitely had my share of close calls and nights spent awake in the cockpit frightened by the howling wind. Cold and drenched in rain I’d try to keep from hitting my neighbors. I grew frustrated that my 45 lbs CQR would often not set or would drag if the winds increased above 25 knots. My secondary anchor, an FX 37 Fortess, stored easily enough, but was also a challenge to set unless anchoring in soft seabeds. I never felt comfortable leaving Coconut, my 38′ Ericson, unattended if the wind topped 20 knots. I realized that the problem is not usually holding power but whether the anchor set properly in the first place. Being an Emergency Room physician by trade I live by the motto “Preparation is Key”. I wanted to always be ready for the worst blow and have the best ground tackle. I could not accept the setting ability of the anchors on the market and set out to design a new anchor that would set reliably in any bottom, break down for easy storage, and be as durable as any anchor out there.
Deneen and I met in 2010 after both competing in a popular off-shore regatta. A Structural Engineer by profession, her experience with design, testing and analysis was a great asset as we headed into development. After several years of hard work, utilizing our sailing experience as well as feedback from sailors around the world “The Mantus” was born from countless iterations, and years of field testing.
Phillip, my younger brother, joined our team in 2014 as our Director of Operations. He’s the cheerful voice you hear when you call and the one that gets your shipments out quickly, not to mention keeping us organized in the shop.
Standing on its mission of high-performance, great durability and superior customer service, Mantus Anchors is here to make your boating experience more enjoyable and safer.
Gregory Kutsen M.D