Proper anchor selection

April 5, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Fishing and boating tips

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It is important that a boat owner selects the right anchor. Here is some ideas about proper anchor selection. In storm conditions , you will  find out the importance of the right anchor.

As an aid to proper anchor selection, make sure you check out Fortress Anchors

Some considerations for picking the right anchor are:

  • Size of the boat is important, but thw eight of a fully loaded boat must be taken into consideration. Also things like flybridges add more windage which puts more srain on the anchor.
  • Design, anchor material, and bottom conditions have more to do with the effectiveness of an anchor than the weight of the anchor.
  • The traditional old anchor no longer is used. The 3 types of present anchors are the claw, the plow or the fluke anchor. The fluke is the only one that will fold flat for storage.
  • Anchors are strong and when they fail, it is usually the weld that fails
  • Stainless and galvanized anchors are strong but very heavy. Rustproof aluminum magnesium alloy is strong but lighter in weight.
  • Another advantage of the alloy is that the flukes can be sharpened to dig in better.
  • Mud, vegetation, hard sand, coral and rock all offer challenges and certain styles of anchor work better than others
  • The Fortress anchor can be adjusted to 32 or 45 degrees.
  • Anchor chain of at least 6 feet will make a great difference. It allows the anchor to lie flat to dig in.
  • Anchor rode should be at least 5 feet for every foot of depth. In a storm 10 to 1 is recommended
  • Examine all welds carefully and inspect the finish for flaws

Fortress Marine Anchors offers eight models for vessels up to 150′. Prices start at $99.99.

Contact Fortress Marine Anchors, 1386 W McNab Rd., Ft Lauderdale, FL 33309. Toll-free US only 800-825-6289, 954-978-9988.

Proper Anchor selection gets better with new Fortress anchor packages

Complete packages include anchor, chain, shackle and 25% more line than other brands.

Fortress anchors set fast and dig deep. Unlike others, they’re easily adjusted from a 32° angle for use in sand and clay to 45° for soft mud. Unique Mud Palms are included to optimize setting performance in problem soft bottoms.

Power poles are useful for fishing shallow, calm water, but when water is deeper and a breeze is building up a chop or a strong tide is running, anchoring is the way to go. And for anglers, the Fortress Marine Anchors FX-7 is hard to beat. Ideal for flats and bass boats, skiffs and center consoles up to 27′, it outperforms anchors weighing twice as much.

Surviving a Storm at Anchor by noted author Tom Neale is a comprehensive look at the techniques and equipment needed to safely ride-out a storm. It covers topics every boater should be familiar with, such as anchor selection and how many to set, the importance of the rode, foredeck gear, chafe protection, reducing windage and storm hole selection. The document can be downloaded at


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