The results of 60 pull tests, 5x per anchor
, over the course of 4 days. Each anchor was pulled in a fresh, close proximity sea bed
using the exact
same distance, speed and time.
This testing was witnessed by various members of the boating
media and some of their articles and comments, along with videos from each day of the testing, can be found at the link below:
Chesapeake Bay Anchor Test - The World's Best Anchors!
While many were surprised at the performance of some of the anchors, particularly the highly-touted "new generation" models, our consultant Bob Taylor was not. He has close to 50 years of experience as an anchor design and soil mechanics expert while working with the US Navy
industries, and he stated afterwards that "anchors which are designed and optimized for harder soils will oftentimes only have a holding ratio (holding capacity divided by anchor weight) of 10-15x when used in softer soils."
This is almost exactly what we found in the Chesapeake Bay
. Additionally, the capability of adjusting the Fortress
(which weighed 50+% less than most of the steel
models) to a wider shank / fluke angle allowed this anchor to bury much deeper into the soft mud, resulting in far superior holding capacity.
holds a US patent on the crown of the anchor (center part) which allows for the adjustable 32° / 45° shank / fluke angle, using a wider shank / fluke angle for improving performance in soft mud is no secret, as large manufacturers such as Bruce, the US Navy
, and Vryhof all make anchors with this feature.