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Old 01-14-2020, 05:08 AM
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I am looking to up grade to a fortress anchor. I have a 18 ft may craft and mostly stay in the pamlico sound and ocean 1-3 miles in N.C. (outer banks). I see fortress has two models the Fx and the G. The only difference I can tell is the finish. Any recommendations on which model would suit me?
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Originally Posted by bigdrumnc View Post
I am looking to up grade to a fortress anchor. I have a 18 ft may craft and mostly stay in the pamlico sound and ocean 1-3 miles in N.C. (outer banks). I see fortress has two models the Fx and the G. The only difference I can tell is the finish. Any recommendations on which model would suit me?
If I am not mistaken one is cheaper and the flukes are not adjustable on that one. They adjust for sharper entry for mud bottoms. Great anchors by the way. Love mine.
I have no idea how they work so good, but they do.
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Everything in life is a trade-off. Fortress anchors are good because they are relatively light and they hold the bottom very well for certain bottom types (sand!) if they set up properly. The bad news is that they are light and they tend to 'sail' if you are trying to anchor in strong current. And they are not good for some bottom types.

Edit to add: The other tradeoff with Fortress anchors is that they are not cheap by any stretch and I lost two on the bottom before I stopped buying them. Guardian anchors definitely cost less however as previous poster noted they are not as flexible/configurable for sand/mud/etc as the Fortress version.
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
Everything in life is a trade-off. Fortress anchors are good because they are relatively light and they hold the bottom very well for certain bottom types (sand!) if they set up properly. The bad news is that they are light and they tend to 'sail' if you are trying to anchor in strong current. And they are not good for some bottom types.
That's my experience, too.
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Originally Posted by bigdrumnc View Post
I am looking to up grade to a fortress anchor. I have a 18 ft may craft and mostly stay in the pamlico sound and ocean 1-3 miles in N.C. (outer banks). I see fortress has two models the Fx and the G. The only difference I can tell is the finish. Any recommendations on which model would suit me?
I have a Fortress FX as one of my three anchors. Like any anchor it is really good for what it's good for. For your boat you don't really need anything that expensive, and I think you would find a traditional danforth style setup with the correct rode to be more versatile.
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I love the fortress and had one for main and stern on my SH, works great in all the areas I frequent.
If it fit in my new anchor locker that's what I would be using today.
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I have a FX-7 bow and G-5 stern. Both with 4 ft ss chain/hardware. I cut the FX-7 down a couple inches to fit in my tiny bow locker and it still works great. I like the FX-7 better, its a slightly bit bigger than the G-5.
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Fortress has a lifetime no questions asked warranty and Guardian has a one year warranty.
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you can have the best/most expensive anchor in the world, if you dont have enough chain behind it, its worthless! proper length of chain is one of the most important factors in anchoring! sometimes with these light weight anchors your rode will beat the anchor to the bottom leaving the anchor fowled in the rigging!
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