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Old 02-06-2019, 06:17 PM
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Decided to move on from the generic anchor that west marine sells in a kit. I know this subject has been debated in the past but who makes a really good anchor for a 25' bay boat? Thinking sea claw but I'm finding 2 sites. Anyone know which is the better one? Any other anchors to look at?

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Old 02-06-2019, 06:51 PM
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Mostly depends on what type of bottom you are anchoring on. Deep soft mud you can use the normal Danforth style and do well. Harder sand and mud something like the Rocna or the Manson Supreme (Rocna lookalike) are very good. Personally I like a good fixed head (not swiveling) plough as my all purpose anchor , but I have all chain and lots of it. If you are anchoring over potentially rocky bottom you may want to look at the anchors that have the sliding slots for the chain shackle so they can hopefully be recovered if stuck.
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Old 02-06-2019, 06:51 PM
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Interested to ask why? Not hooking up? I have been using a undersized Fortress for years and it still grabs (almost) every time but I am always up for an excuse to upgrade.
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Originally Posted by Castrohasanafro View Post
Interested to ask why? Not hooking up? I have been using a undersized Fortress for years and it still grabs (almost) every time but I am always up for an excuse to upgrade.
New boat and our old anchor is pretty beat up.

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Best anchor I ever owned was a SPADE. Amazing anchor, always set in any bottom.
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I went with a lewmar plow with 20 feet of heavy chain for my 25 foot bay boat. As long as the chain doesn’t get wrapped around it, the anchor will set the first go.

I often find my self with crew where it’s all we can do to get the thing in the water without taking off huge hunks of gelcoat. The chain more than offsets any inexperience the crew may have with anchoring. Just get the thing in the water is my motto.
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Old 02-06-2019, 08:11 PM
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I use a delta type anchor and sleeve the galvanized chain with 1 3/4" fire hose jacket. It shields the chain from the gel coat, keeps tangling down and is easier on fragile bottom than raw chain.
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Old 02-06-2019, 08:59 PM
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I carry 2 anchors. A delta style for all around use. Sets great in most circumstances but I use a wreck anchor at the reefs.
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Old 02-07-2019, 02:13 AM
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Fortress........I have no idea how they work so well but they do.
They weigh almost nothing and I have been using half the normal chain length I used to use with great results.
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Old 02-07-2019, 03:20 AM
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A 12 lb sea claw with no chain should hold your boat fine, an 18 would hold you in 200+ft. I've used a number of different anchors over the years and prefer the sea claw, it just grabs and holds. Just make sure you rig it to quick release because they have a tendency to hold a little too well and not come up. Basically you attack the rope to the bottom of the anchor and use a few heavy duty zip toes to secure the anchor rope to the shaft. So if it gets stuck you can pull hard and break the zip ties and retrieve the anchor backwards, if that makes sense. There are pictures/posts/videos around showing how to do it properly. In the ten plus years I've been using them I've never lost one.
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Old 02-07-2019, 03:36 AM
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Fortress......ALso GUARANTEED for life. Excellent company to deal with......They replace any part for free!! What type of bottom are you anchoring in?
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To Answer your question, the Original Sea Claw is the first to come out with this type of anchor, Captain Kevin
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Old 02-07-2019, 05:01 AM
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Tie Down Engineering makes the "true" Danforth. West marine also sells a version that is good too.

HUGE difference between a true Danforth and a Danforth style. A true Danforth has longer narrower flukes with sharper points and welded inner section that protrudes equally on each side. Then length of shank and angle flukes offset all add up to a totally different setting and holding power. The one on my 34 looks undersized but works perfectly. Same size holds my 46 in a current no problem but I wouldn't spend the night on it as it really needs to be bigger to trust. It looks tiny on the pulpit but works.
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Fortress here, I won't use anything else for sand/flats/bay with short chain. Guardian line is good too, just not as fancy looking. I have a G-5 and FX-7 on the little boat. I even used an FX-7 on occasion for sandbar stern anchor on the 32'.
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Old 02-07-2019, 05:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Patton222 View Post
A 12 lb sea claw with no chain should hold your boat fine, an 18 would hold you in 200+ft. I've used a number of different anchors over the years and prefer the sea claw, it just grabs and holds. Just make sure you rig it to quick release because they have a tendency to hold a little too well and not come up. Basically you attack the rope to the bottom of the anchor and use a few heavy duty zip toes to secure the anchor rope to the shaft. So if it gets stuck you can pull hard and break the zip ties and retrieve the anchor backwards, if that makes sense. There are pictures/posts/videos around showing how to do it properly. In the ten plus years I've been using them I've never lost one.
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This for sure and rigged like Patton222 says although I do have mine rigged with chain as I'm not using it for the flats. The sea claws do hold great....like right now. No Dragging and no rust.
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Originally Posted by Patton222 View Post
Just make sure you rig it to quick release because they have a tendency to hold a little too well and not come up. Basically you attack the rope to the bottom of the anchor and use a few heavy duty zip toes to secure the anchor rope to the shaft. So if it gets stuck you can pull hard and break the zip ties and retrieve the anchor backwards, if that makes sense.
This is a nice trick, however an anchor can be a life-saving (or perhaps property-saving) device that needs to hold in the worst of conditions. Do folks that do this have a spare anchor and rode that they use when they need to anchor properly? The thought, "I'll just open the shackle and connect it properly if I ever need to," may not be feasible in an emergency situation.
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I anchor 99% of the time in sand and use a Fortress FX-23 with 40 feet of chain. It works pretty well on my 15000 pound boat but I do worry a little when staying over night on the hook. I have had issues with it fouling on small rocks and even a small Conch shell. When this happens the flukes are stuck/locked in one position and leaves you a 50/50 chance of digging in. I have also pulled it up with other debris stuck to it. I am considering changing over to a Lewmar plow anchor.
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Old 02-07-2019, 06:02 AM
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Get the original sea claw 12lb.

I was told by a very reliable boat builder that the guy that started the other site ripped off the “original design” and used a lot less quality materials.

I have two on my boat. Best anchors I have ever used. This includes using fortress anchors for years.

I do have chain on the one in the bow, as it helps i set if you are over hard sand.
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Old 02-07-2019, 06:14 AM
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Look into the Mantus. Sets literally 1st time every time in some dense sand where my Danforth knock off never did. I only have 10-15 ft of chain and I can set it with very little scope. I have turned a few others onto the Mantus and they purchased them also and love them. I also got the Dingy anchor for my stern anchor. Its interesting to see the thing bury itself and make a very firm hold.
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Old 02-07-2019, 06:57 AM
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Do you get the Sarca over there? Sorta like a claw, holds very well on any kind of bottom, and has the shackle mounted in a slot that runs the length of the shank, so, in the event of it hanging up on reef, you have a chance to motor forward over it and pull it out from the other direction.


No. 2 weighs only 6kg, but holds boats to 22ft. I use one on my 21'6 hardtop, heavy boat, always holds, use 8m of 6mm chain.
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