Originally Posted by colemj
And how does a 19# Fortress
get those amazing holding figures? Mark
I am glad you asked! We use precision-machining to sharpen the anchors so that they will bury very deeply in common sea bottoms among the fossils and dinosaur bones. That along with the large surface area of the two flukes adds up to greater resistance to pulling out, and in turn incredible holding power.
May I also make a case to DWJensen for keeping the FX-37?
• It is the most battle-tested anchor that we manufacture. In addition to its top performance in all of the independent anchor tests, the FX-37 has been the primary anchor aboard the US Coast Guard's 41' and 47' boats for many years, and it is the primary anchor aboard their new "state of the art" 45' Response Boat
• The FX-37 has the adjustable fluke angle feature (32° to 45°), and that 45° angle will dramatically improve the holding power in the soft mud bottoms of the Chesapeake Bay
. We exhibit at the US Sailboat Show every year in Annapolis
, and we talk with many experienced boaters in the area who regularly use that feature, and only the Fortress has it.
• We have an FX-37 in our lobby that was returned to us by a customer from the Miami
area after Hurricane
Andrew. This FX-37 held their 42' Silverton with a 25,000 lb displacement
in winds reaching 140 mph that lasted for 3 hours.
My calculator ran out of zeroes when I tried to figure out the load, or force, that the anchor endured.
The flukes got mangled pretty well when they tried to retrieve it, as it must have been stuck on the core
of the earth. I can send pics if you care to see them.
We are familiar with the sand bottoms in the Bahamas
, which are in our backyard here in south Florida
, and you can expect the FX-37 to perform admirably well for you in those bottoms when duty calls.
I hope this information sways the vote!