Originally Posted by craigsmith
If you intend to use it as your primary anchor, don't; Danforth types are not suitable for bower usage. They do not handle veering or reversing loads at all well, and once pulled out if dragged at speed are unlikely to re-set. Additionally their design makes building strength into them almost impossible, and the aluminium versions particularly tend to be able to generate more holding power
than they are structurally capable of sustaining (i.e. in the right circumstances they don't drag, you just break them - not the best balance of design choices if you want to be able to re-use the anchor).
The comment about Fortress
or other Danforth anchors not being worth a look as a bower anchor is just plain silly. Apparently, the US Coast Guard, which uses a Fortress
as the primary bower anchor aboard their 41', new 45', 47', 87', 110', and new 154' boats are just a bunch of dummies?
Maybe all of our OEM boat builder
customers, who outfit their new boats with one of our anchors on the bow.....they are all just fools as well?
Regarding not re-setting after pulling out, are you at all aware that after an anchor pulls out....it oftentimes is no longer an anchor, as it is likely (depending on the bottom) to have a ball of mud or clay stuck to it, with no chance of digging back into the bottom???
I guess the Rocna
anchor magically washes itself off instantly and resets, right Craig?
Concerning the incredibly ludicrous comment about structural strength of aluminum
, would you care to take up that issue with the US Navy
? During their extensive holding power
tests, they found out that not only did Fortress provide greater holding power than the steel
anchor competitors, but they held up better structurally as well.
The following was written in the US Navy
test report summary, word for word:
"The fact that the Fortress anchors incurred no significant structural damage at such high holding ratios suggest that the anchors have been extensively engineered from both the hydrodynamic and structural standpoints."
Oh, and by the way, just in case someone does bend a Fortress anchor under extreme loads, like after a hurricane
when it saved their boat
, we offer a Lifetime Parts
Replacement Warranty. No receipts, no warranty registration
, and no return of the damaged parts
are ever needed. Customer only pays the S&H for the new replacement parts, which is nominal since the parts are lightweight and we use the US Postal Service
to ship them. That's it.
And so Craig, rather than disparage other anchor competitors as you have done repeatedly in boating forums
around the world, may I suggest that you show some class and respect by focusing more on your product's worthwhile features & benefits?