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Old 09-07-2015, 06:45 AM
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So I'm watching sporrt fishing TV and s commercial comes on for Fortress anchors, which IMO they suck. The reason I think they suck is the chain falls much faster than the light anchor making deep water hookups a lot harder. So the commercial actually shows an underwater shot of this with the chain falling and the anchor flapping in the breeze behind it. The best part was when the woman pulling the anchor just drags the big ole chain across the rub rail and deck of the brand new sea vee. Makes you wonder who edits this stuff
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Old 09-07-2015, 06:48 AM
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At least it's realistic for how it goes when the husband can't drive and gives his wife poor instructions. They must have watched our sandbar alot. They are good for sand with alot of chain....that's about it.
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I watched this one chick brag about how good a sawblade was, put it on a circular saw backwards, and force it through a piece of wood. The smoke nearly blocked her from view but it never shut her mouth about how good the blade was and how easy it cut the wood.
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Originally Posted by BIGnUGLY View Post
I watched this one chick brag about how good a sawblade was, put it on a circular saw backwards, and force it through a piece of wood. The smoke nearly blocked her from view but it never shut her mouth about how good the blade was and how easy it cut the wood.
and one of these
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Haven't seen the commercial but agree with you. I had one that I carried as a spare and used it for deep water anchoring while overnight tuna fishing with 30' or so of chain. Had it drag 2 trips in a row and then lost it when it snagged on lobster gear. The chain goes down first and it's hard to set it right.
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Here's the commercial in question, and given the bow configuration on the Sea Vee and the size of this young lady, she would had to have been standing on the deck to retrieve the anchor without the chain rubbing at all:

http://fortressanchors.com/reviews/videos

Captain Mike Genoun of Florida Sport Fishing TV has been using a 15 lb Fortress FX-23 aboard his Sea Vees for years, and here is a video of him discussing the product:

http://fortressanchors.com/reviews/videos?v=2bmCSR0ZU18


In addition to sand, Fortress anchors are also terrific in mud, as evidenced by the extensive holding power test that was conducted last year in the soft mud of the Chesapeake Bay:

http://fortressanchors.com/news/ches...ay-anchor-test


Regarding the issue with deep water hook ups, there is no question that a less dense / lighter weight alloy anchor is going to take longer to reach the bottom, particularly if you are using one of our smallest sizes, and with minimal chain.

During the past 18 years, I have taken more than a few phone calls from local fishermen who are trying to anchor up with our 4 lb model while using 3-6 feet of chain in 100+ feet of water off of our southeast Florida coast, and with less than a 2:1 scope out. A bit challenging to say the least....

Safe anchoring,
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I am a Fortress user for the last 8 years and feel they are one of the best anchors made for my use. I offshore fish off the Florida big bend area in water out to 200 feet. To date I have not found an easier handling anchor that sets so predictively in the sand around spots I bottom fish on. That said, my favor may be due to how I fish. The spots I fish (wrecks and small limestone formations) require me to anchor up current in the sand to land the boat over the spot. The last thing I want is the hook to drag into the spot jeopardizing the hook and putting the spot I want to fish 200+ feet upstream. I use an FX11 on my 23' SeaCraft with 22' of stainless chain. It has never slipped on me when set with the proper rode length. I have used all types of anchors including deltas, claws and traditional steel wing anchors with similar but not as predictable levels of success. Bottom line for me is that they are light, easy to handle and predictable.
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Have used an F16 and 23 for YEARS and love them. What I like especially is the lifetime warranty, just swung by this morning and got mine repaired. I highly recommend them.
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That gal could drag chain all over my boat and I wouldn't care...not one bit.
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That gal could drag chain all over my boat and I wouldn't care...not one bit.
Agreed.
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One more.
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Agreed.
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If she put that anchor on my fiberglass I would ...............

not say a word cause she is smoking hot ... :- )
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If she put that anchor on my fiberglass I would ...............

not say a word cause she is smoking hot ... :- )
On my boat, she'd get a spanking for that!!!

FWIW, I like my fortress a lot in sand or mud; on grass, it can sometimes clog up before it bites in, and not set.
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The Sea Vee is a terrific boat. I highly recommend it.
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Used to use a Fortress on a Wellcraft V20. It worked just fine. With enough chain and rode, you can hold the world.
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No shit, she is hot. However I don't care who it is, they drag that chain over my bow fiberglass I gona be pissed and they will know.

What a stupid commercial.

These anchors always look way to expensive and big for the size of boat they hold. A anchor that size should hold a battle ship. There are better options.
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These anchors always look way to expensive and big for the size of boat they hold. A anchor that size should hold a battle ship. There are better options.
Thanks for your input. The anchor she is holding is the model FX-23, which weighs just 15 lbs. Voile, a French sailing magazine called this anchor, "The Champion of All Categories" after it held to over 350x its weight during their holding power tests.

Here's a short video from this test, and pardon the profanity if you know French. They were a bit surprised that a 7 kg anchor could hold 2,510 kg.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Nvb6WLH_CA
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Looked like the flukes were going to bang into the hull when she pulled it up. That boat needs a roller if she isn't going to stand on the deck.

She's cute, but damn, one chunk out of the hull and she isn't that cute.
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Dragged on rub rail not the fiberglass...

Geez guys is just a frigin' commercial

Maybe fortress can contribute some pics in the sandbar
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