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Old 04-26-2013, 01:05 PM   #41
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Anchor choice seems to be a very regional decision. Around here, the majority of boats would have the old stockless type anchor, or a variant similar to the Forfjord. The old salts around here say nothing else holds as well in the local heavy weed beds. There is the occasional are Rocna, Manson or Bruce, but they are fairly rare.

Is all this it good local knowledge, or stubborn traditional mindset?

I went with the local advice, so I'll find out soon enough. I've got a spade type as well for sandy bottom, just in case.
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Old 04-26-2013, 01:20 PM   #42
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Is all this it good local knowledge, or stubborn traditional mindset?
That's a great question! For myself, knowing very little about what makes a great anchor, I tend to go with the tests that I see at boat shows and on the Internet. There's good advice here, too, but keeping the OP's question in mind, sometimes it's a real problem trying to confirm/deny the advice.
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Old 04-26-2013, 01:22 PM   #43
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Since just about the only complaint about Fortress anchors is its ability to reset if the wind changes, I would have thought differently.
The single greatest negative with the Fortress we read about when researching anchors to replace our Bruce is that under a lot of pressure it bends. And can bend quiet badly if the pull gets off to the side and the anchor doesn't unset.

This is understandable given its construction. But if one is looking for a storm anchor that will hold like stink, the Fortress would actually seem to be a poor choice if the wind is going to veer round and the pull go off to the side. In test after test of this that we saw, the Fortess bent and sometimes very severely. Just something to keep in mind.
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Thanks, Marin.

Our new FX36(?) is not really going to be our primary anchor. We have a CQR that does well in the muddy bottom of the Neuse, but considering the mud performance of the Fortress, we MAY switch for a while and see how it does. We have a Navy-Type with removable stock as our big storm anchor.
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The bending of the Fortress occurs under really strong pulls. In "normal" service as a primary anchor this would not be a problem.
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The bending of the Fortress occurs under really strong pulls. In "normal" service as a primary anchor this would not be a problem.
They also have a lifetime guarantee, send in the tweaked part & they'll replace it.
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Marin I disagree w you about the claw being wi I've seen them on the bows offish boats bent quite a bit (one almost 90 degrees) but all were on large boats and fishermen are hard on equipment. I keep my Claw mostly for rocks and that's why I bought a Claw on my last boat just before we took it to Alaska. It looked stout to me. Didn't let me down either but we had perfect weather.

Excellent point RC .... another reason I probably should be using the Fortress.

Tom B. I think Navy anchors are stockless. And I think the stocks on Fortress and other Danforth anchors contribute considerably to their holding power. Think about sticking a 1/2" dia rod into the bottom and dragging it sideways. And Tom the CQR did well (very well) in an anchor test conducted on a mud bottom.

Anchors being religion? If so I better get in line .... Not my nature though.
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Marin I disagree w you about the claw
I wasn't talking about a claw. I was talking about the Fortress. Read the post again.
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This is my storm anchor. Luke? Navy? Herreshoff? It apparently has many names.

TBH... I doubt I will use it. I prefer to either be on the hard or in a marina during storms.

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Gents,

Interesting discussion and I thought I should weigh in since our product is a topic. I have previously posted under the name Brian-Fortress, but I have set up a new name under our company.

Regarding the structural strength of Fortress anchors, they have certainly been put to the test in both controlled and real world tests over the past 25 years. During the US Navy test years ago, all of the hi-tensile Danforth steel anchors were destroyed, while the Fortress anchors tested came out relatively intact, as noted by this comment in their summary report:

“The fact that Fortress anchors incurred no significant structural damage at such high holding ratios suggests that the anchors have been extensively engineered from both the hydrodynamic and structural standpoints.”

The point of mentioning this is that manufacturing an anchor out of a high grade of steel does not necessarily equate to a higher structural strength. By thickening and precision-machining key pressure points, Fortress anchors are oftentimes better able to disperse and withstand high stress loads.

In another controlled test conducted by the Sailing Foundation, a 24 lb Fortress FX-37 held up to the 4,000 lb maximum load in a straight pull, then the same during a 90 pull, and finally again after a 180 pull. See the summary page of these test results below in the attachment.

Afterwards, the testers included this comment: "The Fortress set so deep that the rode had to be hauled in to 1:1 and significant power applied to rode by the 83,000-pound tug to break it free. It is doubtful that a sailboat would have windlass power to break it out. Perhaps large primary winches or a rising tide might be adequate. However, it is also doubtful that a sailboat could have set the anchor that deep in less than a full hurricane."

This test offered proof that if a Fortress anchor is properly set and buried, then it is not coming out of a sea bottom no matter which direction it is being pulled.

The shank was bent during these tests, but as in the real world, it is not uncommon for a Fortress anchor to remain buried and become mangled long after steel anchors would have likely broken free from the sea bottom.

And yes, we do offer a Lifetime Parts Replacement Warranty, which has no stipulations as do other warranties. I believe that it is the most customer-friendly, pain-free warranty offered by any company in the boating industry, and possibly elsewhere throughout the world as well.

To take advantage of this warranty, a customer with ANY Fortress model simply has to contact us and let us know which damaged parts he or she needs. We do not ask when, where, or from whom he or she bought their Fortress anchor.....nor do we require that they send us back the damaged parts.

For example, if a customer bought the anchor secondhand on eBay or at a garage sale or he found it on the bottom of the ocean floor.....we will still replace the damaged parts for free. The only cost to the Fortress owner is for shipping & handling, which is nominal since we ship parts via the US Postal Service.

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"The Fortress set so deep that the rode had to be hauled in to 1:1 and significant power applied to rode by the 83,000-pound tug to break it free. It is doubtful that a sailboat would have windlass power to break it out. Perhaps large primary winches or a rising tide might be adequate. However, it is also doubtful that a sailboat could have set the anchor that deep in less than a full hurricane."

This test offered proof that if a Fortress anchor is properly set and buried, then it is not coming out of a sea bottom no matter which direction it is being pulled.


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This we can relate to - several times we had to haul in the line then use the engine to break free (no windlass on the sailboat). Really like the anchor. Thanks for providing the technical feedback and being clear about your association with the company.
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Come on, David! The ice hasn't even melted in your neck of the woods yet and besides what else do you have to do? Meanwhile, most of us are ===>
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This is my storm anchor. Luke? Navy? Herreshoff? It apparently has many names.

TBH... I doubt I will use it. I prefer to either be on the hard or in a marina during storms.


Tom B,
That's a Kedge anchor and was frequently called a "Yachtsman's Anchor" also.
These people (see link) offer a Herreshoff version of the Kedge and has over half the holding power of most other anchors. Not bad considering. And I've read ther'e very fast setting. The Herrishoff has wider flukes than the usual Kedge. And the fluke arms are shaped a bit differently.


Here is a Kedge being used by a fisherman in Craig Ak probably on a Halibut skate. You can see in Tom B's drawing how one would run the stock through the hole at the top of the shank and fold it alongside the shank. The end of the stock is bent so the stock can be turned alongside the shank. Then the anchor can lay flat on the fore deck.
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Bruce, which Sarca did you get?
Andy, no.6 Super Sarca, in gal. On displacement, loaded, we were between a 5 and a 6 size, so went for the heavier 22kg one, though it was a big jump in size and price, much greater than from no.4 to 5.
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High jack starting.

Andy and Bruce: I would love a 13kg Sacra but the shipping cost estimate from UPS would be more than the anchor cost. Sure hope they'd start distributing in the states. It does look well suited to our Delta mud here in California.

High jack over.
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"I prefer to either be on the hard or in a marina during storms."

Be sure to find aboat yard that is up a good hill.

In some areas hurricane storm surge + tide can run over 15-20 feet .

It takes a really special marina to have piles long enough to keep docks and boats in place with an extra 20 ft of water.

Here in FL the trick is to put at least 2 locks and 50-100 miles between the real water and the boat dock.

On a cruise I would rather chug up a river and anchor with my storm anchors than trust an unknown boat yard.
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Brian,

Welcome back and I remember you. We also have Rex of Anchor Right Australia pop in from time to time and has added much to our anchor threads.

The anchor tests you submit are confusing and several anchors represented I've never heard of ... Luke, Davis, Max 17 and Performance 35. I suspect the Performance 35 is a steel Danforth marketed by West Marine but ? Anchors interest me and I read about them more than others and see that a large number of anchors fail miserably in one test and shine like a diamond in another. In some "tests" there are advertisements included for anchors represented in the tests. Frequently anchors test so poorly that one would be led to believe that putting an old engine flywheel over the side would work as well. With your Fortress it most often performs wonderfully and frequently out performs all others but I have downloaded a test that presents a less favorable showing for the Fortress. Regarding some anchors I've never seen a poor showing in any test and frequently some older anchors like the CQR, Claw, Danforth anchors and others show holding power maximums of less than 1/10th of the top performers. I can see how an anchor can be half as good as another but these older anchors have been holding boats in place all over the world for a very long time representing millions of performances ... not all wonderful I'm sure but we don't hear of anchors dragging very often.

I see your "palms" or pads are longer and at a lower angle than most Danforths. So I would think the pads getting the back end of the anchor up enough to angle the flukes down into the bottom is better than most and of course the Fortress being light helps as well.

I see some Danforth type anchors do not have a stock at all. The Brittany for example. Being essentially flat it would seem the Danforth types wouldn't need aid to stay flat on the bottom so why have the stock? The stock may be drag and contribute to holding power but I suspect it may also limit or reduce the ability do penetrate deeper.
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Manyboats, thanks for your welcome message. Rex at Anchor Right is a solid guy and a very passionate fellow anchor manufacturer. He makes a terrific product and I have a great respect for him.

Regarding the test I posted, you are correct, the Performance 35 is a West Marine anchor model. The Luke anchor is made by the Paul E. Luke Co. and is modeled after the traditional fisherman's anchor.

The Max (or Super Max) is made by Creative Marine. There is a Davis Anchor company, but I am not sure about that anchor tested. A Google search on the exact model (Davis DXL 45) did not turn up anything. I will check the original test report and let you know.

Regarding other tests, I would be surprised if a Fortress anchor performed well in all of them. We know from our own extensive product testing (which was oftentimes alongside competitive brands) that there are many variables which can negatively affect test performance. In almost all of the anchor tests I have seen, no one single anchor has always been the top performer. The exception might be Rex's Excel model, which appears to have performed very well in all of the tests conducted in Australia.

And I am in full agreement with you regarding the older models, as they have provided many years of excellent performance to satisfied owners all over the world. E.S. "Mac" Maloney, who is 90+ years young and who authored the Chapman's Seamanship book for decades, is a long time CQR user, as is noted author Tom Neale, who has lived aboard his boat since the late 70s. I am sure that Bruce and Danforth have their strong followings as well.

The Mud Palms, which we have included with every anchor for the past 17 years or so, lift the back end of the anchor up so that the flukes take a more aggressive angle into the sea bottom, and we recommend that they are permanently installed.

Concerning the stock (narrow round rod), it acts as the landing gear and it helps stabilize the anchor once it reaches the sea bottom. Anchors with shorter stocks (and customers have cut ours to fit in their anchor lockers) or no stocks have a tendency to move unsettled along the bottom until one or both of the flukes begin to dig in and set. This is particularly noticeable if the boat is falling back quickly due to wind or current.

You are certainly right as well in that a downside of a long stock is that it is possible it will inhibit seabed penetration to some degree, as will the roll bar on some of the "new generation" models.

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