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Old 11-09-2012, 16:55   #76
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Re: Fortress Anchor in Mud

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I'm sitting on a mooring right now with a short bridle 'cause the moorings are pretty close together. It's blowing 15-20 knots and I'm looking at all the mono hulls around me "sawing around". So now I'm curious why they do this? Can anyone shed light? They really look like they're sailing to windward, then coming up against the mooring line and "tacking". Could their hull shape be acting like a sail? Any other explanations?

And, yes I believe I'm using too short a bridle. Mine is 16' (on a 32'cat) and I'll increase to 32' next season.

Thanks again to everyone for your comments.
Most boats will turn stern to wind if given the choice (more windage in front of the center of lateral resistance). We should really all anchor from the stern, but all our boats are set up with the anchoring gear on the bow. The boat keeps trying to turn itself around and it "sails" at anchor.
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Old 13-09-2012, 13:08   #77
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Most boats will turn stern to wind if given the choice (more windage in front of the center of lateral resistance). We should really all anchor from the stern, but all our boats are set up with the anchoring gear on the bow. The boat keeps trying to turn itself around and it "sails" at anchor.
I guess that wouldn't make a difference on a double ender? Never anchored my boat yet...

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Old 13-09-2012, 13:22   #78
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I guess that wouldn't make a difference on a double ender? Never anchored my boat yet...

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Same problem on a double ender. It's not the pointiness that matters, it's the windage of the freeboard compared to the center of lateral resistance under the water. I would guess that pretty much all sailboats will have the same effect. Easiest test is just to drop sails and sit in open water and see which way the boat ends up facing.
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Re: Fortress Anchor in Mud

It's more about the practicality of having the wind/rain blow through your companionway and the waves slapping your flat transom. A double-ender is more seaworthy while anchoring from the stern but you still have the problem with wind/spray.
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It's more about the practicality of having the wind/rain blow through your companionway and the waves slapping your flat transom. A double-ender is more seaworthy while anchoring from the stern but you still have the problem with wind/spray.
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Old 13-09-2012, 17:01   #81
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Any other explanations?
Sailboats like to sail. Dropping an anchor doesn't change that.
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Old 13-09-2012, 23:48   #82
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I think what makes this conversation so difficult is that bottoms vary so drastically. What John calls soft mud in Chesapeake Bay may be completely different than what I see in Galveston Bay. Terms: Mud, Sand, Weeds are completely inadequate descriptors as they do not define 100's of different conditions encountered. After pulling anchors for a living for few years now, I am still surprised of how bottom conditions can change not only in close proximity but also with change of tide, salinity (and I have no idea what!) because test data changes from day to day in the same location. What we do know is that some anchor types are more reliable in their setting ability than others. Fortress if it can set is an excellent anchor choice and generally in softer bottoms is a clear winner. Rocna, Manson Supreme, Spade, Mantus offer a more reliable set. Even these guys will find their match eventually and mother nature will win! It is this setting reliability, i.e. knowing that when you will throw the anchor in the anchor will bite and hold that I think defines a good all around cruising anchor. Especially for an emergency (lost an engine getting blown on the rocks) the anchor needs to work. Having said that, I will always have a Fortress on board my vessel as the anchor to use in softer bottoms.

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Old 14-09-2012, 06:50   #83
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Same problem on a double ender. It's not the pointiness that matters, it's the windage of the freeboard compared to the center of lateral resistance under the water. I would guess that pretty much all sailboats will have the same effect. Easiest test is just to drop sails and sit in open water and see which way the boat ends up facing.
Thanks for the tip. I will give that a try...

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Thanks for the tip. I will give that a try...

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Sorry for the thread drift, but...

This is also a really important thing to get a feel for with your particular boat as it will make a huge difference docking in a cross wind. If you remember that the bow wants to be downwind, you can figure out whether to go forwards or backwards, for example, through a tight space, or to back away from a lee fuel dock in a breeze to get to deep water before you turn around.

You'll also need to experiment with your prop-walk for the same reason.
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I will always have a Fortress on board my vessel as the anchor to use in softer bottoms.

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Coming from a man that makes and sells anchors I think this a strong recommendation. The bottom line (pun intended ) is that no anchor is the perfect choice for every situation. That's why I also carry a Fortress in addition to a Mantus anchor (thank you Greg) and will probably also keep my old 45 lb CQR as well.

I will use the Mantus as my primary, all around anchor but in some situations like deep soft sand or mud and a really hard blow I might go to the Fortress. In a rocky bottom I might use the CGR as the hinged shank might be stronger in case the anchor is jammed and can't shift with a changing wind or tide. Plus I wouldn't be as pi$$ed off if I lost the CQR.
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It's more about the practicality of having the wind/rain blow through your companionway and the waves slapping your flat transom. A double-ender is more seaworthy while anchoring from the stern but you still have the problem with wind/spray.
Never thought of that. Thanks...

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