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Old 05-09-2020, 10:59 AM   #1
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Hi Folks,

Yes searching through the old threads I see lots of discussion on this subject, but the examples and responses are many and I didnt see my situation so thought I would see where we go with round xxx ;-)

Our current boat is a Formula 270 BR, and a pretty heft boat to be sure, and the anchor situation I am most interested in is fair weather anchoring at the sandbars, not overnight or high wind or anything else.

I have a pile of anchors at home from past boats, but none of our past boats were either this long or this heavy.

In the past the best small/medium boat anchor I have had for Winnipesaukee sandbars was a Chene Anchor (a high angle slip ring fluke design) but again, that was not for this class boat.

So any recommendations for something that will work for average day sandbar anchoring in this class boat is appreciated. (hoping for something that will fit in the anchor locker in the bow,,,)

Also how much rope for this boat (thinking 1/2" double braid unless there are other thoughts)

Clearly I am hoping/expecting for the weather to change and the virus to pass,,,

Thanks for any advice you care to share!
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Old 05-09-2020, 11:20 AM   #2
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Take a look at the 20-lb Seachoice black vinyl coated river anchor for $30.68 from walmart.com, delivery to store included in price.

It's like a three pronged, 20-lb, vinyl coated anchor with a flat rest bottom that should set two of its three large prongs into the lake bottom set by a tug on the anchor line.

It's available in 10-15-20 lb sizes, all similar.
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Old 05-09-2020, 11:26 AM   #3
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I like Fortress anchors.

I use an FX7 on my 220 Sun Deck in FL sand.

An FX11 looks like it could work for you.



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Old 05-09-2020, 11:50 AM   #4
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Sounds like pretty low strain achoring. I take what you have on the shelf and try it a couple of times before spending any money. You might want more rode for the bigger boat, or more chain so you don't take up so much space at a sandbar. For emergencies, like engine quits and you're blowing into rocks, I'd think about heavier tackle, but that would be off topic.
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Old 05-09-2020, 11:51 AM   #5
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Had a 2286 Tritoon that was like a sail in the wind and the free danforth “style” anchor that came with the boat new stunk. Wouldn’t hold in the slightest breeze.
Then ishoot308 on this forum turned me on to the “DIGGER” anchor.
Problem solved! Nice piece of engineering that works! Check them out!
That said, the “Digger” off the bow and the little stinky danforth off the stern and we were good to go in any breeze! Of course the more chain and longer rode you use will have a better holding effect. Trial and error.
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Old 05-09-2020, 12:48 PM   #6
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I second the Digger Anchor. I have had great luck with it.
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I have a Cobalt R7 and I use an 8lb Mantus and waych everyone else slide by
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I have a Cobalt R7 and I use an 8lb Mantus and waych everyone else slide by
Out of curiosity, how do you like your R7? I've been eyeing the R7 for a few years now... Curious for both positive and constructive feedback.
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In your searching here, you may have found my copious research/reviews about Mantus anchors some years ago.

During that process, I bought 8' and 12' Mantus anchors to try and ended up keeping the two 8' ones for my 20' tritoon (bow and stern for sandbars). I sold the 12' to a guy with a 26' something-or-other and he loves it—just toss it in, pull on the line to set, and tie it off.

Everyone I've recommended Mantus to, and everyone I've ever met who uses them, have been thrilled with how well they set and hold. In fact, I made a joke last summer about how I should carry extras with me to sell when going to sandbars.

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Old 05-09-2020, 02:39 PM   #10
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I got tired of the "Danforth drag" and purchased the 8lb Mantus 4 years ago.
It really is a "set it and forget it". I just give it a little backdown and it's like I'm
tied to a mooring.
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I think you should size and select your ground tackle for high winds, just in case. It's cheap peace of mind in the whole scheme of things. More chain is always better.

I anchor overnight often and have a Rocna Vulcan on my boat. It's incredibly good. It's quite similar to the Mantus already mentioned and I imagine it performs the same way. The Vulcan sets instantly and the boat stops dead as soon as it sets. I describe it as "almost violent" and warn guests when I am am setting it.
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If anyone enjoys research, this guy tests a bunch of anchors: https://youtu.be/l59f-OjWoq0.

His ultimate decision-making is a bit different than mine, but he shows them all in action.

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If anyone enjoys research, this guy tests a bunch of anchors: https://youtu.be/l59f-OjWoq0.

His ultimate decision-making is a bit different than mine, but he shows them all in action.
Interesting video. Thanks for posting. Summary seems to be for most anchors, proper scope is very important, followed by some skill at the actual setting.
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Interesting video. Thanks for posting. Summary seems to be for most anchors, proper scope is very important, followed by some skill at the actual setting.
Yes, but he does say the Mantus is "the fastest and most reliable setting anchor maybe in the world." His only reason for not choosing it is that it's not "beefy."

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Less anchor, more chain!

I suppose the 40#+ anchors in that video are not being hauled by human hands.

My Fortress weighs 4# and has a 5# chain on it.

At 9# all in I can haul it all day.

I might have missed it in the video but the Fortress has two different shank angle positions available.

One position is for, I forgot and another for, I forgot that too, but it comes with instructions.
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I bought it in 2014 so it was the first year for the R7 and other than a few small things that were related to a new engine (430hp volvo) it has been flawless! We can put 10 adults on it very comfortably and still break 50 with it and everyone loves the fold-down swim step


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I'll throw in my vote as another happy Mantus user here on our lake.

It sets hard and fast, and holds well here in the lake.

I never thought an anchor could make much of a difference, but this one surprised me.
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PS Here's my original research thread, in case you didn't find it.

https://www.winnipesaukee.com/forums...ad.php?t=21050

(A comment on forum...tone: notice the difference between the response to my multiple anchor posts four years ago and my recent jetski ones.)

Godspeed, and let us know what you decide on!

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Tried a bunch on my Donzi26zx.....

Best by far is the FORTRESS.... Expensive, but they work awesome!

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I got a box anchor from Parafunalia in Gilford a couple years ago. Used in on my Cobalt 262 and R5. Worked great and set easy in sandier bottoms. Folds up, comes with a nice thick bag, easy to store. Fortress Anchor is my backup, I switch back and forth depending on bottom.
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I got a box anchor from Parafunalia in Gilford a couple years ago. Used in on my Cobalt 262 and R5. Worked great and set easy in sandier bottoms. Folds up, comes with a nice thick bag, easy to store. Fortress Anchor is my backup, I switch back and forth depending on bottom.
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