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highanddry posted 07-07-2008 10:39 PM ET (US)   Profile for highanddry   Send Email to highanddry  
I found several Fortress type anchors recently on a dive and procured them for my growing stock. I took one and cut the shank shorter by about 30% and then cut the side rods shorter by about 50% so that it would sit nicely in the bow locker of the Nantucket 190. I then found some Tygon hose that fit nicely on the rods and I slipped it over and secured the Tygon leaving about one inch of Tygon proud on the ends to protect the hull--bumpers. I then slightly rounded over all edges and the tips of the flukes. I have about 12 feet of stainless chain but I also have 12 feet of vinyl coated chain, both types of chain seem to work equally well. T have watched this modified anchor on the bttom and it seems to burrow in just fine.

What types of anchor mods have you guys found useful in your non-classic Boston Whalers? What are your feelings on vinyl coated chains?

What types of anchors do you use for your stern beaching anchor. I was using a Fortress but recently picked up about a 10 pound vinyl three flute mushroom type. No chain. It seems to handle stern anchor duties fine in sand and does not beat my boat up--yet.

I have 600 feet total rode onboard, three strand 3/8ths inch, 450 feet up front and 150 feet in the stern bucket that sits under the removable seat.

Jefecinco posted 07-08-2008 09:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     
I don't like vinyl coverings. I use stainless chain on my rode. The potential problem with vinyl is that it can hide defects. I also find it slightly more difficult to remove mud from vinyl.

The only advantage I can attribute to vinyl covering is that it may be kinder to gel coat when dropped.

I detest my Fortress anchor which I use only as a spare.


highanddry posted 07-08-2008 07:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for highanddry  Send Email to highanddry     
Which anchor type are you using then?
Jefecinco posted 07-09-2008 08:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     
I have a plain jane common steel Danforth anchor as sold by West Marine. I also have a mushroom of the type you use for a stern anchor. The mushroom anchor serves well in mud and also does well in sand if wind and currents are not too strong. On a hard bottom such as an oyster reef or swept sand the mushroom is ineffective in anything but calm conditions. That's when the steel Danforth comes out.

The very light Fortress just goes sailing when the current is strong which is typical in the Mobile Bay delta area on a falling tide. A falling tide and river outflow can really move a boat downstream. The Fortress will eventually hook up but but it can be a good distance from where you want to fish. I prefer better brakes.


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