Join Date: Sep 2011
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I use a fortress SX7 with 8 meters of 5mm chain and 50 meters of 10mm nylon rope on my 24 foot trailerable yacht.
I also have a Manson Plough with 10 meters of 10mm chain and 50 meters of 10mm nylon line.
The plough anchor is used on weed and hard bottoms where the weight is needed to develop hold.
The Fortress is used on mud and sand bottoms where the anchor will dig in deep and hold.
I am not sure about all the other brands mentioned but having had the Fortress hold overnight with big winds then taken a long time to haul it because it had a huge lump of mud the size of a wheelbarrow stuck to it; I sleep well with the Fortress, it works and its light weight is a bonus for my aging body.
All the chain mentioned would be fine with a windlass but hauling it aboard manually in a rough anchorage would not be my favourite task.
I mainly anchor in very well sheltered anchorages for ease of anchoring and comfort. An 800kg 24 foot yacht is not comfortable in the more exposed anchorages.