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Old 11-07-2018, 09:25   #1
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Vertical mounting Fortress anchor in roller

Howdy Folks.

We have a double roller on our bowsprit. Our primary anchor (Rocna) is on the starboard side and we typically like to keep a fortress connected to the secondary rhode and in the port side roller.

In order to make it all fit I typically tie the fortress vertically (on itís side) in the roller. Over the last year as weíve made our way down the thorny path to Grenada, weíve had several times where we wanted a stern anchor to address rolling swell in a non windy anchorage where a swell bridal wouldnít work. When this happens I typically pull the fortress off the secondary rhode and rig a quick stern line.

The problem comes when re-mounting the fortress on the bow. Without a dock (which we visit very rarely) re-lashing the anchor on the roller is a real pain. Iím curious if anyone has seen or made some type of mounting bracket to help lock the fortress in place on itís side in a roller?

If so, please share your tricks.

Hereís an old picture of our typical setup. This was when initially fitting the Rocna, so itís not locked in place as it normally is when underway, but should give you a good idea of the issue.


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Old 11-07-2018, 10:18   #2
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Re: Vertical mounting Fortress anchor in roller

Windline anchor bracket might help. I use one to mount an FX-23 on my stern pushpit. I only keep one anchor on the bow FWIW. There is a spare rode up there so in an emergency I can grab the Fortress, take it to the bow, and deploy it very quickly.

Anyway the bracket might work to mount it on your pulpit somehow. FYI you have to take off one of the mudflaps and then it fits into the adjustable bracket parts.

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Vertical mounting Fortress anchor in roller

Way we did it on our bow with the Windline bracket. I initially had it mounted on the stern but when we got the code zero it could interfere with the sheets, so I just put it on the bow.
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