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After reading the above, we will probably get a Rocna now for our Pahi 42.
Has anyone had any experience with Fortress anchors. Given that the weight of chain provides a large part of the anchors holding, it seems to me that the light aluminium Fortress would be a good 2nd or 3rd anchor, obviously with plenty of chain.
John & Kat
The Fortress XL85 or XL125 would be our other anchor when we get the money.
From what I have read and seen the Fortress really works on the softer materials.
We'd use the Fortress in river mouths and estuaries.
We are using a Fortress FX55 on our Tiki 46 and have never dragged. It sets quickly and buries itself. We have used it in areas where the boat lies to a strong tidal flow rather than the wind and have no problems with the every 6 hour direction shifts.
The other great thing is the customer service. One time we were anchored in a river and the girls had gone off in the dinghy. When they hadn't come home by dark, Jeff tried to pull up our anchor to take the boat to find them and we were so well set that he dipped the bow down significantly trying to free us. We ended up bending one of the flukes on the anchor but it still didn't come up! When we got home a month later, we called Fortress and they quickly replaced it - for free. We did a similar stunt a few months ago and once again Fortress replaced the part - no questions asked. Both times, even though the anchor had been compromised, it still set well and never let us drag.
The Fortress is one anchor that lets me sleep at night.
Here is a french review of anchors I found interesting. I would love to see other reviews. http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f118/the-ultimate-anchor-test-2...
Here is an anchor test. Note the add-on on page 6.
Thanks for posting the review. It was helpful. Liked the hydrabubble, But I want you to try it first.