The Danforth Deepset II Hi-Tensile 25 pounder is $289 (Defender).
FX-23 is $275 (Defender).
The West Marine
Performance 25 pounder is $210.
First question. Why would I purchase
a Danforth over a WM Performance considering the 38% increase in price
? Is the design better, metal better, welds stronger? What? (I think it's the warranty; see below.)
Second question. Why not the Fortress
I'll admit that I'm biased in favor of Fortress, even though this anchor
will not be stored dismantled. She will be stored in the cockpit
on the stanchions. I currently have a Fortress FX-37 dismantled and stored at the bottom of the cockpit
lazarette. I'm looking for second fluke type anchor
and my FX-16 off the old boat is too small. It must be replaced.
I like the Fortress because it has the longest stock of the three, which helps to prevent the tendency of these anchor types to corkscrew under load. I think that's why Fortress tends to test out so well under heavy loads. IIRC, one of WM's 'improvements' to the Danforth version is that WM has longer stocks than Danforth, albeit less than the Fortress.
I also like the Fortress's light weight, as deployment from the dinghy
will be the primary purpose of this anchor.
A debit with Fortress is that it is mechanically put together instead of welded. I conclude that this is a more theoritical risk than real, as I have never heard of a Fortress coming apart underwater. If you have, let me know.
As best I can tell, both the steel
and alloy fluke types will sail underwater if the boat is moving, so they all share this liability.
I've read of Fortresses being damage in tests but only after holding extremely high loads, higher than the other anchors. And I've never heard of a cruiser actually bending a Fortress in real life. If you have, let me know. I have seen bent WM and Danforths in marinas
, so I would think that Fortresses get bent too.
IIRC, both Danforth and Fortress carry lifetime warranties, whereas the WM Performance is only five years. This fact alone might explain and justify the price
Fortress never has to be regalvanized. This is a very minor plus, as I doubt I'll ever use this anchor enough to wear out the galvanization unless the stanchions rub it off.
If I opt to look for used gear
, the odds are that I'll find a steel
fluke type anchor.
Thoughts and comments, please. I'm vacillating here.