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Old 03 October 2006, 05:29   #21
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As anyone come across an Anchor that looks like a 10kg Danforth in size, however is about 2kg? and cost about 150 - 200
How do they manage that then, is it aloooominum?

I would have thought it needs a decent weight to set? I was faffing with mine yesterday when I had it out of the boat and couldn't get it to set at all in my yard, having said that it is a fairly hard surface but it wasn't even trying....

Is there anything to choose between, say, a "proper" Danforth and a clone? I'm pretty sure mine is a cheap copy...
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Old 03 October 2006, 05:35   #22
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I have a wee CQR which I rarely use but I don't understand how it works. Once a pull is applied it falls over and because it has a pivot the flukes then just scrape on the sand. If it was sitting square to the seabed, perfectly balanced and dragged directly forward it would be a plough but that is unlikely when setting it.

Can anyone enlighten me?
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Old 03 October 2006, 06:04   #23
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As I predominantly use the boat in and around the Solent (sand, silt, mud etc) I use a 13lb danforth with a reasonable (4m) length of chain and then make the depth up with warp. It's never dragged, always bitten and has proven very effective. Not sure I'd be using it on a rocky bottom (ooerr missus) though.

One minor modification was that I rather naughtily ground a bit of the width off the top (to fit the locker) but this appears to have made no difference to stability.
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Old 03 October 2006, 06:21   #24
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As anyone come across an Anchor that looks like a 10kg Danforth in size, however is about 2kg? and cost about 150 - 200
Something like the Fortress or Guardian anchors?
Plastimo list price for 3.2Kg Fortress (4-6Kg steel replacement is 134+vat, 3.2Kg Guardian 96+vat. Basically they are half the rated steel replacement weight. Fortress has 'lifetime' guarantee, Guardian is 1 year.
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Old 03 October 2006, 06:23   #25
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As anyone come across an Anchor that looks like a 10kg Danforth in size, however is about 2kg? and cost about 150 - 200
Is it a Fortress ?
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Old 03 October 2006, 06:27   #26
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Is it a Fortress ?
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Old 03 October 2006, 06:58   #27
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I have 8kg Grapnels (with a couple of meters of chain) in two of my boats and have never had any problems with them.
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Old 03 October 2006, 08:14   #28
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Well the Delta is the same shape as a CQR......
:-) :-) :-). More or less, but as someone said, it doesn't fall over as readily. Also, it's on my 5.3 m RIB. Not much weight and little windage or tidal drag. Really just a comment on the Delta and I'm surprised it holds so well.

On a 13 ton displacement ketch, with masses of windage and a long deep keel, I'll have my Danforth thanks. :-) (I think the Fortress is similar).

I think for ultimate holding on short scope, something like the Bruce is great, but I think setting them (in the smaller sizes anyway) is a bit iffy. They use them on oil rigs - or used to.

As with a CQR, a Bruce can be awkward to stow except over the bow. The Danforth stows well on deck, though its good at trapping fingers when handled.

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Old 03 October 2006, 08:21   #29
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jono I've just bought one it called a fortress, mine's a FX-7 made of alloy, not steel.... still to see if it's as good as it's makers claim it to be.
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Old 03 October 2006, 11:18   #30
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Yep Fortress was the one !

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