Fortress anchors?

SuperMutuSuperMutu Posts: 259 Deckhand
As good as advertised or no?

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  • cortrcortr Posts: 14 Greenhorn
    Yes
  • tankardtankard Posts: 6,703 Admiral
    All depends on what you're doing. I, and many others, prefer a grapple-style anchor for reef fishing.
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 9,657 Admiral
    i've got to get a new anchor mine is all bent to hell.   Going to rig it with zip ties as a breakaway  so that i don't have the same problems.   might look a fortress they look like good anchors.  
    People use statistics the way a drunk uses a street light, for support rather than illumination.
  • End of the LineEnd of the Line Posts: 19 Greenhorn
    Good anchors.  They do the job on sand/mud type bottoms.  Be sure to use the recommended length of chain (more doesn’t hurt), and adequate scope.  These last two are true for any danforth style anchor, most anchors in fact.
  • tankardtankard Posts: 6,703 Admiral
    The problem with a Danforth in general, and a lightweight aluminum Fortress specifically, is they have a tendency to "glide" to the bottom so they don't always end up where you intended, the deeper the water the more of a problem this is. Also, many people pull the anchor with the boat using an anchor ball (or not). Danforth style anchors have way too much drag for this to be really effective. As Soda said, chain it to the front with a breakaway on the chain. This will save many headaches and anchors.
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 9,657 Admiral
    lost too many in Tampa Bay that were just slip ring.   if you can get an anchor to bite under the SS bridge, good luck getting it back. 
    People use statistics the way a drunk uses a street light, for support rather than illumination.
  • RedRichRedRich Posts: 255 Deckhand
    Was in the Keys couple weeks ago on a friend's pathfinder and he had a couple of new ones that I was skeptical about but they held first time on some flat rock areas that I've had trouble setting the hook on before. Good chain and not too much current. 
  • MelbourneMarkMelbourneMark Posts: 1,860 Captain
    lost too many in Tampa Bay that were just slip ring.   if you can get an anchor to bite under the SS bridge, good luck getting it back. 
    Try a c-claw or sea-claw anchor.  I've been using 1 for years.  Many people on west coast use them for bay and nearshore. 

    You can rig them break-away style and get them back too
  • Alex from GAAlex from GA Posts: 1,289 Officer
    The sea claw is the same as a Bruce anchor and it works great in sand and mud.  Don't forget the chain.
  • MelbourneMarkMelbourneMark Posts: 1,860 Captain
    edited April 14 #11
    The sea claw is the same as a Bruce anchor and it works great in sand and mud.  Don't forget the chain.
    Im not sure it's same as Bruce? 

    https://www.seaclawanchors.com/

    i use the sea-claw with no chain in smaller boats in shallow water. (For noise)  and I add chain for trips to keys and reef fishing.  My buddies with 22 pathfinders use the 12# model without chain too. 
  • finbullyfinbully Posts: 539 Officer
    I've seen oversized anchors on many recreational boats. Perhaps this is part of the problem folks have when pulling the anchor. Fortress has a sizing guide on their web site. No reason to buy an anchor larger than what is recommended for your boat - just more of a chance to get it hung. I've been a Fortress user for many years and I'm very satisfied with the results.
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 9,657 Admiral
    lost too many in Tampa Bay that were just slip ring.   if you can get an anchor to bite under the SS bridge, good luck getting it back. 
    Try a c-claw or sea-claw anchor.  I've been using 1 for years.  Many people on west coast use them for bay and nearshore. 

    You can rig them break-away style and get them back too
    ok will do, can they be stored in a regular anchor locker? 
    People use statistics the way a drunk uses a street light, for support rather than illumination.
  • kmagnusskmagnuss Posts: 2,990 Captain
    I have a sea claw also and yes, it fits in the regular anchor locker.
    Tarpon... everything else is just bait.
    Captain Keith Magnussen - Crooked Rod Charters
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