Originally Posted by Fortress
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!
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