Originally Posted by blt2ski
I know you are north of me a bit, Anacortes vs Edmonds, if you can figure out the soil type you are anchored in, let us know that too!
My personal bias is NOT to use a danforth style around here, as I have had more issues of the not setting than the bruce I use. I will admit, the fast set did a good job in the conditions I have used it one time. My lewmar bruce knockoff worked well at that place too, some others with danforth styles have had some issues. It is harder sand at this place.
My personal asking, is I have toyed with going to a slightly bigger main anchor than what I have, a main anchor frankly that is boltable for my usage might be a good thing. then again, maybe not...........Since I race most of the time, tie up to docks, a BIG anchor below is added ballast......but that is another issue that some do not want to address for they want BIG ANCHOR! or chain or some other issue.....LOLOL
Good point Marty about the setting issue. I had almost forgotten about how much of an "art" setting the fortress can be. The Bruce has set for me in the PNW water in what seems to be a shank length or two, never more. The fortress on the other hand I have drug around trying to get it set. I also dived on it once and found it laying flat on top of the soft mud surface!
Say what they will about the Bruce not working well in soft mud. It wouldn't have been just sitting there, flat on top with it's thumb up it's fluke!
If storage isn't an issue than I'd say Bruce would be my recommendation to the OP based on the local area and on my personal experience. On the other hand, I've heard enough about the next generation anchors that they seem like a good choice too. I've got one now (Mantus) so we'll see if I convert to the new religion....
PS Marty are you racing in Edmonds on Oct 6? I will be down there on that day and if you're really interested in seeing the Mantus in person I could bring it down to you to have a gander at. Since it comes apart, it would be no trouble to put it in the car and it would be a good excuse to meet a sailnetter in person. That is IF
any of you are actually real.....