Adamlein - they seem so ubiquitously marketed, even by respectable manufacturers like Manson and Rocna.
Perhaps just because their customers want them?? - Here you will never see any « lancha » (motor boats
) with a galvanized anchor - they MUST
OsmundL - the most common mistake is to leave too short a chain in the water.
Again a classical perceived wisdom - Holding is given by the anchor and SCOPE
is important - Chain is only the best mean to avoid chaffing the line on the aggressive sea bottom.
Sailingdog - The Bruce…. They were really designed for use as very large anchors for stationary oil platforms
Again and again another classical perceived wisdom - Bruce company is a manufacturer of large anchors for stationary oil platforms - But the Bruce anchor used for pleasure boats has NEVER
been designed nor used to hold oil platforms - the anchors used for this purpose are a completely different design.
Brak - for holding power and setting ability Fortress consistently comes out on top of all tests
Setting ability is one of the PROBLEMS of the Fortress anchor - and do you know why the Fortress anchor has a big holding power ?? Only because tests are done in relation with the WEIGHT
of the anchors.
If you compare the Fortress with any other steel anchor - weight for weight, it has three times the steel anchor surface area.. and therefore also about three time its holding..
Try the Fortress with the same blade surface area than steel anchors, and the holding of the Fortress will be quite modest !..
Brak all those tests show "hydrobubble" anchors doing pretty well. but there aren't any seemingly sold or manufactured.
Although it is important to have a good product - the way of MARKETING
it is much more important - Hydrobulb anchor was the clear winner of SAIL magazine testing 2006
- but look who is using the (modified
) results of this test to promote his anchor ??-
It is also interesting to see some manufacturers who promote the use of high tensile steel for their galvanized anchors and use 316 stainless steel for their stainless steel anchors - Mechanical characteristics of 316 stainless steel are nearly identical than mechanical characteristics of mild carbon steel..