Boat Anchors

Choosing the right boat anchor can sometimes be difficult.  Not only can an anchor be important for safety reasons, but you will often want one that is easy to handle, lightweight, doesn’t rust, holds securely in all conditions, and is not expensive.  At eMarine Supplies we have summarized the key information on boat anchors to help you make the best decision.

What Makes the Best Boat Anchor?

n  Weight:  You don’t want to be lifting a heavy anchor up and over the side.  Think of your back and health and who else may be using your boat that may not be as strong as you.  The weight of an anchor is influenced by both its size and its composition.

n  Ease of setting:  The ability for an anchor to set easily is important as an anchor’s holding power relies on the anchor setting correctly.

n  Composition:  Steel anchors will likely rust over time.  An aluminum boat anchor will resist rusting and is also significantly lighter in weight than a steel anchor

n  Working Load: Equal to the weight of the anchor as well as the stress caused by wind and current against the boat.  Typically should be 1/8 to 1/3 the weight of your boat.  Will influence the strength of rope/chain necessary to securely hold the anchor to your boat.

n  Holding Power:  Arguably the most important characteristic for the best anchor – even more important than ease of setting as the U.S. Sailing organization would agree with.  Holding power is the ability of an anchor to hold a given weight.  A 10,000 pound boat may only require an anchor with a holding power of a few hundred pounds on a calm day, but may need up 1,000 pounds or more of holding power on a stormy day.

Why We Stock Only Fortress Anchors

Based on the above criteria, we have investigated many leading brands of anchors available.  We continue to find that Fortress anchors rank highly on our detailed review criteria.  Based on our investigations, we feel it is right to stock only Fortress anchors.  While they may be a little more expensive than other major brands, they offer a number of benefits to consumer and is why we feel that they are the best boat anchor.

     Lightweight & rustproof – aluminum alloy performs better than steel

     The highest holding power – adjustable angle to increase holding power depending on the composition of the sea floor.  Had highest holding power in U.S. Sailing tests. http://www.ussailing.org/safety/Anchor/conclusion.htm

     Easy to store – able to be dismantled

     Strong quality, backed by manufacturer – lifetime guarantee from Fortress

Why Buy a Fortress Anchor From eMarine Supplies?

n  Heavily discounted prices – we are an internet only retailer and pass our savings on to you

n  Free shipping on all orders

n  No sales taxes

n  Stock levels updated daily so you know we can ship it immediately

n  Excellent customer service – you can contact us anytime via email and phone

Comparison of Fortress Anchors

The table below summarizes key information on Fortress anchors.  Once you identify the right model for your boat, we would be glad to help you finalize your purchase.  We offer our customers free shipping so you save money and update our inventory daily so you know what stock is in our warehouse.

FORTRESS SELECTION GUIDE

Model

FX-7

FX-11

FX-16

FX-23

FX-37

FX-55

FX-85

FX-125

Boat Length

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ft

16'-27'

28'-32'

33'-38'

39'-45'

46'-51'

52'-58'

59'-68'

69'-150'

m

5-8

8-10

10-12

12-14

14-15

16-18

18-21

21-46

Weight

lb

4

7

10

15

21

32

47

69

kg

1.8

3.2

4.5

6.8

9.5

14.4

21.2

31.1

Replaces Steel Anchors

lb

6-9

10-13

14-18

19-28

33-50

50-65

70-90

100-170

kg

3-4

5-6

6-8

9-13

15-23

23-29

32-41

45-77

HOLDING POWER

Model

FX-7

FX-11

FX-16

FX-23

FX-37

FX-55

FX-85

FX-125

Working Load

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lb

700

900

1.250

2,000

3,000

4,000

5,250

6,750

kg

318

408

567

907

1,351

1,814

2,381

3,062

32 Degree Hard Sand Holding Power

lb

2,800

3,600

5,000

8,000

12,000

16,000

21,000

27,000

kg

1,270

1,633

2,268

3,629

5,443

7,258

9,536

12,247

45 Degree Soft Mud Holding Power

lb

840

1,080

1,500

2,400

3,600

4,800

6,300

8,100

kg

381

490

680

1,089

1,633

2,177

2,858

3,674

32 Degree Soft Mud Holding Power

lb

420

540

750

1,200

1,800

2,400

3,150

4,050

kg

191

245

340

544

816

1,089

1,429

1,837

DIMENSIONS

Model

FX-7

FX-11

FX-16

FX-23

FX-37

FX-55

FX-85

FX-125

"A" Shank Length

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

in

24"

27"

31"

36"

40"

46"

51"

56"

mm

610

685

787

914

1,016

1,168

1,295

1,422

"B" Fluke Length

in

14"

16"

18"

21"

24"

27"

30"

33"

mm

356

406

457

533

610

686

762

838

"C" Stock Length

in

19"

22"

25"

29"

32"

37"

41"

45"

mm

483

559

635

737

813

940

1,041

1,143

SUPPORT HARDWARE

Model

FX-7

FX-11

FX-16

FX-23

FX-37

FX-55

FX-85

FX-125

Proof Coil Chain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

in

3/16"

1/4"

5/16"

3/8"

3/8"

1/2"

1/2"

1/2"

mm

5

6

8

9

9

13

13

13

Nylon Rope**

in

3/8"

3/8"

1/2"

5/8"

3/4"

7/8"

1"

1 1/4"

mm

9

9

13

16

19

22

25

32

Shackle Size

in

1/4"

1/4"

5/16"

3/8"

7/16"

1/2"

5/8"

5/8"

mm

6

6

8

10

12

12

16

16

NOTE: Hard sand holding power figures above represent loads actually achieved on production FORTRESS anchors under controlled horizontal pull conditions without dragging or resulting in disabling structural deformation.

** Rope recommendations are based on 25% of breaking strength. Rope must be in good condition.