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Old 12-18-2012, 07:31 PM   #21
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I have traveled 200 miles of the Ohio river, 900 miles of the Mississippi river, 50 miles of the Cumberlan, some on the Tennessee. Anchored all over Kentucky Lake and Lake barkley. It's pretty much mud everywhere. Danforth is my FIRST choice every time on a river. I bought a Manson Supreme and had it drag at Clearwater and again south of Pine Island. Both places with a muck bottom. Dropped the Danforth, set first try and did not drag at all.
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:59 PM   #22
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That's pretty much in line with all the anchor tests. Danforth and Fortress always seem to come out on top in sand and mud.
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:21 PM   #23
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That's pretty much in line with all the anchor tests. Danforth and Fortress always seem to come out on top in sand and mud.
Yeah, but they're "one-directional." I don't trust them to hold/reset if there are large changes in wind or current directions.

Wasn't the Danforth used by military landing craft to pull them off the beaches once unloaded?
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:44 PM   #24
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Ive seen photos of landing craft with anchors on their sterns but never paid attention to what they were.

A friend in the San Juan Islands bought a surplus LCM a number of years ago and started a barge service in the islands. The boat had a rear mount and big winch for a pull-it-off-the-beach anchor and it had an anchor, too. As I recall the anchor was a Navy type or something similar. But whether it was original to the boat or not I don't know.
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:56 PM   #25
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How often have you dragged up branches and other fouling stuff on your Fortresses? I would think river anchoring woulf be plagued by anchors catching all kinds of "stuff" off the bottom.
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:32 PM   #26
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How often have you dragged up branches and other fouling stuff on your Fortresses? I would think river anchoring woulf be plagued by anchors catching all kinds of "stuff" off the bottom.
And from my experience you would be right, Eric. I did many miles of river cruising when I had a trawler. The Danforth did a wonderful job in the mud, but would catch every thing. Many times I brought up everything from sticks, tree branches, and even small logs. In fact, they are very prone to getting hooked on roots from stumps cut for the man made lakes. I have bent anchors retrieving them, It is a good thing that trawler had a strong Samson post. Several anchors would have been lost. I have a Danforth as the main anchor on the Blackfin.

Where the Danforth was not good was on a rocky bottom.
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:41 PM   #27
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:41 PM   #28
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Please, I beg of you - don't ask another anchor question.

Speaking of which, what brand do you all recommend I tie around my neck before I jump off the dock because I can't stand another anchor thread? I'm thinking a Fortress, as I want my body to stay in one place to make it easier to find.
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:08 PM   #29
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The Fortress won't work, Carl, because it's too light. I recommend the Bunch O' Cinderblocks anchor that was mentioned in this or some other thread.
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Aaw...Delfin...don't deprive us folks of the enjoyment of the occasional anchor stoush. Just flick to another channel if you don't enjoy them.
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Please, I beg of you - don't ask another anchor question.

Speaking of which, what brand do you all recommend I tie around my neck before I jump off the dock because I can't stand another anchor thread? I'm thinking a Fortress, as I want my body to stay in one place to make it easier to find.
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Yeah, but they're "one-directional." I don't trust them to hold/reset if there are large changes in wind or current directions.

Wasn't the Danforth used by military landing craft to pull them off the beaches once unloaded?

Yes that was the Danforth start.Anchor shakeled to line , no chain.

If one reads OGG's free booklet (OGG designed the Danforth) 2 anchors are always the recommendation in reversing tidal streams.

With the holding power of a 12H , setting the stern anchor takes about 2 min.(50ft boat)

Longer if your boat is longer and you have a long distance to walk from stern to bow.
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With the holding power of a 12H , setting the stern anchor takes about 2 min.(50ft boat)
I don't believe I will need an anchor tied to my stern as well. The Fortress or Bunch O' Cinderblocks recommended by Marin should suffice.
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Delfin, a chain rode necktie may be all that's required. At the most, a river mushroom anchor. Sometimes, even the most basic of anchors is still too much. Just trying to save your heirs some boat bucks here...
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Delfin, a chain rode necktie may be all that's required. At the most, a river mushroom anchor. Sometimes, even the most basic of anchors is still too much. Just trying to save your heirs some boat bucks here...
Sound advice. No sense in overkill.
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:17 PM   #37
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I carry a 60 lb CQR on the bow, and I have a Fortress FX-37....... Here in FL both anchors work well.... I prefer the Fortress as I have anchored and had some storms come up and the anchor stayed well set....in fact a bit too well....had to work to get it out of the bottom!
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