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nauticalrich 10-15-2002 09:06 AM

Fortress anchors
Well I finally got the boat of my dreams (I hope).

Have to sail it 65 miles home though in cold weather with one stopover.

The ancor with the boat is a Fortress, aluminum and extremely light weight.

What I would like to know is will they hold?
I''m use to danforth style which are heavier.

Sailmc 10-15-2002 09:15 AM

Fortress anchors
If you get it to set it will hold. The problem is getting such a light anchor to penetrate the bottom.

SailorMitch 10-15-2002 03:58 PM

Fortress anchors
I use a Fortress as my primary anchor and love it. True that you need to get it on the bottom, but I have had that problem only one time in the 5 years or so I''ve used the anchor -- and that was out in a river trying to anchor in 25 knots with 3-5 foot rollers coming at me. (I was the committee boat at the finish line for a race so HAD to anchor in a specific spot. Took me 3 tries to get the anchor down, but then it held like mad!)

You may need to let out more scope with it at first than a Danforth, but once it starts to dig in it''ll set well. I used to have 6 feet of heavy chain and have increased that to 20 feet after the river episode, but that does get the anchor down in almost anything.

It''s a good anchor. Go with it IMHO.

hamiam 10-17-2002 05:29 AM

Fortress anchors
I have a fortress anchor and have had no issues with it penetrating the bottom. Bottom penetration is not so much a function of weight as anchor design. That being said, I couple he anchor with 100'' of chain plus 150'' of rope. Perhaps you could stopover at a place where you can tie up to a dock or a mooring. Another option would be to get a 2nd anchor and set two for the night for a little piece of mind. Where are you going from-to? Depending on the boat size and wind, 65 miles is do-able in 1 day.

Sailmc 10-17-2002 06:46 AM

Fortress anchors
I agree that adding long lenghts of chain does help the Fortress set. But you still have the problem of a light anchor skipping over a hard bottom instead of penetrating. It also seems to me that the whole idea of the Fortress is light weight. If you add a couple of hundred feet of chain to it you''ve lost your advantage and you might as well use something else. The only advantage I see to the Fortress is as a kedging anchor. It''s light weight would be a help when hauling it out in the dinging to kedge off a shoal.

SailorMitch 10-17-2002 08:26 AM

Fortress anchors

If the bottom is THAT hard you probably won''t get any fluke-style anchor to dig in. The difference in weight between a Fortress and a Danforth won''t matter. Besides, in my experience here in Chesapeake mud, the design of the Fortress, which allows you to increase the angle of the flukes for mud, is much better at digging in than a Danforth. My back-up anchor is a Danforth Hi-Tensile, and I have had much more trouble setting it than I''ve ever had with the Fortress.

For a hard bottom, wouldn''t a CQR or Delta be the anchor of choice anyway?

Sailmc 10-17-2002 10:03 AM

Fortress anchors
I actually agree that the anchor of choice for a primary anchor would be a CQR Delta or Bruce. As my earlier post stated I feel the Fortress is not appropriate as a primary anchor. In an emergency with say a strong current, no sailing room and a stalled engine, a reliably quick setting anchor is a must.

harvh 10-23-2002 07:19 PM

Fortress anchors
I purchased a slightly oversized fortress as a second anchor. My primary is a Bruce which is very popular in the Northwest. When setting the fortress, use lots of scope and it will hold just fine. Like most people will tell you, have a couple of different anchors on board for different condition. I have three flavors on my boat.

frumponalo 11-04-2002 03:47 PM

Fortress anchors
Fortress anchors work great, just be sure to use at LEAST 1'' of chain for each foot of boat length. We use one on our 33'' boat with great success in many anchoring areas. However, our favorite anchor (and fastest setting and easiest to retrive) is a bruce. Our CQR works fantastic but she digs in so deep that retriving it can often be a real pain in my back.

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