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Old 03-03-2014, 09:34   #31
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Re: Anchor for Chesapeake

I will be a contrarian and suggest a 44#-60# claw (Bruce). You will find them on probably 80% of the boats on the Bay. Sets fine and resets well in this area.

A Manson/etc is sort of like driving a surburban to the grocery store. No doubt it's more capable just not required for Bay crusing. I think I'd save the $400 and buy a washdown pump or stash it in the repair fund.
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Old 03-03-2014, 12:19   #32
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For secondary anchor I love the fortress. But when using in soft mud you're not supposed to use chain because its weight can cause the shank to drop lower than the flukes. For your primary anchor I think you'll get the best bang for the buck with a large Bruce type anchor. But if you want the best money can buy then a spade type.
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For secondary anchor I love the fortress. But when using in soft mud you're not supposed to use chain because its weight can cause the shank to drop lower than the flukes.
The Mud Palms will typically prevent this from occurring, but as added step, we also recommend initially setting the anchor at a shorter scope in soft mud, ex. 2:1 or 3:1. This will help keep the shank up and after the anchors sets, then let out enough scope for 5:1 or better, if possible.

I agree with you on the Spade, it is an excellent anchor.
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Chris,

Thanks for your reply & info. Please permanently install the Mud Palms on your anchor, as they will help it set faster in ANY type of bottom. The Mud Palms lift the back end of the anchor up so that the flukes take a more aggressive angle into the sea bottom.

Also, an important FYI: While the holding power will dramatically improve at the 45 angle in soft mud, there is a huge downside to this setting in that the anchor is not likely to set at this wider angle in a harder soil.

So, use the 45 angle only if: 1. You need more holding power and 2. It is a known soft mud bottom.

It sounds as though you are on top of the situation there in knowing the local bottoms and by having two superb mud anchors. Glad to hear it!

Brian

Interesting, Brian, didn't know the mud palms would help/are compatible with the 32 setting, so thanks for that tip.

FWIW, we carry the Fortress dismantled simply cause it's so easy to do so, it stores nicely that way, and so forth... but another reason we decided to make it our back-up was because it didn't ride all that well with our particular pulpit/roller/windlass situation.

I could have fixed that I think, but wanted two good mud anchors anyway... so it ended up being logical to put the heavy beast on the rode with the windlass.... since I can still physically handle the weight of the Fortress manually on its own separate rode when it's been necessary or useful to trot it out, too.

So far (knock wood) that's only been necessary a couple times for hurricane prep.

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