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These folks have some good prices on sail/anchor line and are prompt shippers. Worth checking out:
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The mud isn't what I'd call soft. The "soil" around here is hard clay. The lake is just a dammed river over the same stuff. The mud is thick clay-mud.

Does that change your anchor recommendation any?

I don't think so...the only thing that might change is that you could use the 32 degree setting if you find yourself in a harder bottom. Now if it is HARD georgia clay just below a thin layer of mud...then you would be better off with a penetrating anchor like the Delta . If you see mostly danforth types of anchors on the boats around you...then the Fortress will give you great results.
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I'm pretty much a chicken so I keep a heavier than recommended Danforth and Delta but I have a "Letting loose" question of another kind if anyone could shed some light. I have always worried about the shackle connecting anchor to rode failing or coming loose. Any input on do’s, don’ts, good, bad, type or method?

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Not to get into an anchor war (I was going to suggest to just go with a Delta), I'll suggest that you just look at something OTHER than the Danforth or Fortress. As mentioned, these don't reset well if the wind shifts. They'll pull out and then just drag along the ground. Personally, I have a Delta as primary, Bruce claw as secondary and CQR as a third, plus a Fortress for when needed.

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Make sure you are using a "rated" galvanized shackle one size larger than the chain you're using and that the pin is moused with seizing wire, to prevent it from coming loose. Inspect it regularly.
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I'm pretty much a chicken so I keep a heavier than recommended Danforth and Delta but I have a "Letting loose" question of another kind if anyone could shed some light. I have always worried about the shackle connecting anchor to rode failing or coming loose. Any input on do’s, don’ts, good, bad, type or method?

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Given that the other person in the same local area is using a Delta and getting fairly good results, looking at a non-Danforth/Fortress type anchor would probably make sense. Also, the Danforth/Fortress anchors tend to be less versatile iMHO than the next generation anchors, like the Rocna, Spade, Buegel, Manson Supreme, etc. The Delta is kind of the newest of the old anchor designs, but in many ways is the ancestor of the next generation anchors IMHO.

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Not to get into an anchor war (I was going to suggest to just go with a Delta), I'll suggest that you just look at something OTHER than the Danforth or Fortress. As mentioned, these don't reset well if the wind shifts. They'll pull out and then just drag along the ground. Personally, I have a Delta as primary, Bruce claw as secondary and CQR as a third, plus a Fortress for when needed.

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Not to steal a thread but, well i guess i am. What do you do when your anchor gets caught in a stump. how do you get it out?
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You might be a redneck sailor if...you get your anchor caught in a tree stump.

Umm... how do you know it is caught in a stump? Can you see the stump? If so, why can't you just dive down and pull it free manually?? Or are alligators involved??? Like fishing hooks, most anchors will pull out if you pull them out by the bend in the shank.

One trick I've seen done to free a fouled anchor, although I don't think it was fouled on a tree stump, was to take a small length of chain formed into a loop around the anchor rode and then attach a line to it, and then tighten up on the anchor rode and lower the loop... then dinghy out and use the line attached to the loop to pull the anchor out by the crown, rather than pull on the shank.

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Not to steal a thread but, well i guess i am. What do you do when your anchor gets caught in a stump. how do you get it out?
You start wondering why you didn't put a trip line on it before you put it down...

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