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Search: Posts Made By: BrianFortress
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-15-2013
Replies: 57
Views: 2,568
Posted By BrianFortress
Re: anchor type question

Gents:

We recommend using 6 ft of chain for every 25 feet of water depth, and since most coastal anchoring is done in under 50 feet of water, our customers commonly use somewhere between 10-15...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 08-04-2012
Replies: 183
Views: 15,559
Posted By BrianFortress
Re: Let's talk about anchors some more

cupper3,

Thank you! I have to say, that whole debacle was very out of the norm for us anchor manufacturers. I have met and regularly talk with the guys from Manson, Rocna (new team), Spade, and...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 08-04-2012
Replies: 183
Views: 15,559
Posted By BrianFortress
Re: Let's talk about anchors some more

Your post brought up a painful memory. I did have a 1964-1/2 Ford Mustang convertible, my first car. After I wrecked it, I think I got $40 for it from a salvage yard. Today it would be worth....:eek:...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 08-04-2012
Replies: 183
Views: 15,559
Posted By BrianFortress
Re: Let's talk about anchors some more

Thanks! And be sure to permanently install the Mud Palms, as they will improve the setting performance by lifting the back end of the anchor up so that the flukes will take a more aggressive angle...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 08-04-2012
Replies: 183
Views: 15,559
Posted By BrianFortress
Re: Let's talk about anchors some more

NCC320,

I agree. E.S. "Mac" Maloney, 90+ years young and long time author of Chapman's, has used a CQR successfully for decades. Tom Neale, another noted boating author, has cruised and lived...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 08-03-2012
Replies: 183
Views: 15,559
Posted By BrianFortress
Re: Let's talk about anchors some more

NCC320,

Thanks for your post. We have been in business now for 25 years, during which we have manufactured our product at the exact same facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida....and being that...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 08-03-2012
Replies: 183
Views: 15,559
Posted By BrianFortress
Re: Let's talk about anchors some more

How about just two bolts...which only have to be loosened and the nuts can remain on the bolts. :)

Below is an image a 33 lb Rocna side-by-side with a 32 lb. Fortress FX-55.
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 07-27-2012
Replies: 183
Views: 15,559
Posted By BrianFortress
Re: Let's talk about anchors some more

As I posted elsewhere, it is our firm contention that a properly set and well-buried Fortress anchor, with its two massive precision-machined and sharpened flukes, is not more likely to break free...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-08-2012
Replies: 130
Views: 11,888
Posted By BrianFortress
Re: A cast of characters - Rocna plot continues

We know exactly how many Fortress anchors are returned to West Marine, as they furnish us with very detailed weekly performance reports. Not all anchors are returned because of damage, sometimes the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-06-2012
Replies: 130
Views: 11,888
Posted By BrianFortress
Re: A cast of characters - Rocna plot continues

Our Lifetime Parts Replacement Warranty covers any type of damage to the anchor. Parts are replaced for free, customer only pays shipping & handling, which is nominal since the parts are relatively...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-09-2011
Replies: 214
Views: 28,282
Posted By BrianFortress
Rendered useless with a "slight bend in the...

Rendered useless with a "slight bend in the shank" ? Hardly.

It is quite simple to understand that it is easier to turn one smaller narrower fluke (such as the Spade or Manson) than two much...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-08-2011
Replies: 214
Views: 28,282
Posted By BrianFortress
In the case of the Fortress anchor bending during...

In the case of the Fortress anchor bending during an anchor test, it is almost ALWAYS under a load that occurs long after the steel anchors have pulled out of the sea bottom.

Or put in a different...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-06-2011
Replies: 214
Views: 28,282
Posted By BrianFortress
Paulo & CaptainMike, Thanks for your input...

Paulo & CaptainMike,

Thanks for your input and points, which are well taken and duly noted. A couple of posts back I mentioned the old adage that "there is no such thing as the perfect anchor" and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-05-2011
Replies: 214
Views: 28,282
Posted By BrianFortress
Yes, he is disgruntled for sure....and for very...

Yes, he is disgruntled for sure....and for very sound reasons, but no matter here, as you said.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-05-2011
Replies: 214
Views: 28,282
Posted By BrianFortress
Smackdaddy, As per Grant King, Rocna's...

Smackdaddy,

As per Grant King, Rocna's former production manager, who is well familiar with the situation:

The bent shank photo that appeared is exactly how that grade of shank that was tested...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-05-2011
Replies: 214
Views: 28,282
Posted By BrianFortress
Paulo, Thanks for your follow-up message and...

Paulo,

Thanks for your follow-up message and I appreciate your fine points. While the steel used with some anchors might be stronger than the aluminum alloy that is used with the Fortress, proper...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-04-2011
Replies: 214
Views: 28,282
Posted By BrianFortress
Paolo, Great message and some solid points....

Paolo,

Great message and some solid points. More info:

• In the Voiles et Voiles test report in July 09, the 22 lb/10 kg FX-37 held 3,281kg (7,218 lbs) until the flukes bent. This was far...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-04-2011
Replies: 214
Views: 28,282
Posted By BrianFortress
A collection of comments about Fortress over the years:

THE UNITED STATES NAVY
“The Fortress anchors had far greater holding power than any other anchor tested.”

BATEAUX (France)
“We tested the lightweight Fortress FX-23, and the results were...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-02-2011
Replies: 58
Views: 10,965
Posted By BrianFortress
Smackdaddy, after that beatdown you gave me...

Smackdaddy, after that beatdown you gave me awhile back, all other beatdowns are mild by comparison.

And no matter what is written in forums, it all comes down to one thing and one thing only as...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-30-2011
Replies: 58
Views: 10,965
Posted By BrianFortress
Another photo for comparison. Again, these...

Another photo for comparison. Again, these anchors are almost identical in weight.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-30-2011
Replies: 58
Views: 10,965
Posted By BrianFortress
Fortress surface area

A couple of quick comments in regards to some questions raised on this post:

• The 45° angle setting on the Fortress will dramatically improve the holding power in very soft mud, i.e. SF Bay,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-20-2011
Replies: 214
Views: 28,282
Posted By BrianFortress
Points well taken, and thanks for sharing. ...

Points well taken, and thanks for sharing.

Much appreciated,
Brian
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-20-2011
Replies: 214
Views: 28,282
Posted By BrianFortress
Minne, I just sent you a PM with an e-mail...

Minne,

I just sent you a PM with an e-mail message that I received from a sailor who was in a real life emergency situation, and if our product had failed him, the results would have been...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-19-2011
Replies: 214
Views: 28,282
Posted By BrianFortress
Interesting Analysis

There is a manufacturer of a very important of safety equipment aboard a boat who is duping the public by falsifying test results, certifications, and product materials.

And there are people, some...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-19-2011
Replies: 214
Views: 28,282
Posted By BrianFortress
Independent steel test results - Manson vs. Rocna

After enduring a long running attack on their product in boating forums around the world by Rocna, Manson appears to be first in line to report the results of independent steel tests of Rocna's...
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