Originally Posted by donradcliffe
works very well for a straight pull in soft sand or soft mud, but is difficult to set in even moderately hard sand, let alone weed or rock. If you are in a a reversing tide or current
situation, the Fortress
cannot be counted on to reset. Its a good second anchor, but a poor primary one. We actually carry a FX37 as a third anchor because it is easy to stow disassembled, but have never used it.
Hard to follow this thinking Don. Our product is precision-machined to be very sharp, and it should bury much faster and deeper than heavier, dull-edged steel
anchors...exceptions being in grass, weeds or rocks, where no anchor is 100% dependable.
A customer brought back an FX-37 after Hurricane
Andrew hit south of Miami
years ago. This anchor was one of three that were deployed, and the only one that held a 42' Silverton in 140 mph winds that lasted for several hours. We all know that hurricanes do not blow from only one direction.
Practical Sailor did a "re-setting" test a few years ago, and I think you would be surprised by the results.
Andrew, the FX-37 did get bent during retrieval, as it took the Silverton owner almost a day to get the anchor back out. The joke was that there was a Chinese gardener attached to it when it finally came loose.
Under our Lifetime Parts
Replacement Warranty, the customer walked away with new parts
Don't use the Fortress as a primary anchor? Sheesh, the US Coast Guard has been using them for years as a primary anchor: the FX-37 for their 40+ foot patrol boats, the FX-85 for their 87 footers, and the FX-125 for their 110 footers.
The FX-37 has also been chosen for their new 45' RBM and the FX-125 for their new 153' FRC vessels.
Sorry for the commercial
guys, but I think a 2nd opinion on the topic is worth considering.