FX-11: Definitely worth the money
Was skeptical as to what made this anchor so great (compared to other Danforth anchors). Picked one up used for [$] and was pleasantly surprised at how well it works. This thing really sticks! I have a 24' pontoon that I take out to the Gulf of Mexico. One of the channels (Boca Grande Pass) has quite the current. It is about 48' deep and when the tide is going in or out it can be raging. Dropped this anchor down and it set immediately and stuck. Held solidly in that current. I then tried the Danforth that came with the boat and it would not set.I had also beached the boat on the shore in that same channel. I tied the bow off to a tree stump on the shore and set the FX-11 off of the stern on the starboard side (current was running from starboard to port) and again, it set and held on the first try. Had to do some work to get the anchor up (thought I may have to leave it there but it finally came up).Well, last weekend I took a friend out on the boat to the same location. Anchor set and held just fine. When we decided to move to another location he UNTIED THE ANCHOR before we pulled it in (he didn't bother to tell me this until he was a the bitter end of 100' of rope) and it's now at the bottom of Boca Grande Pass.I went to West Marine today and bought a new FX-11. It's definitely worth the money in my opinion.
Light and strong. Amazing holding power.
Even though the FX series by Fortress are a bit on the pricey side, I'll still give it 5 stars.
I purchased the FX-7 as a bow anchor for my Sea Hunt BX22 with T-Top. I make sure to feed the proper amount of rode and it always holds like a steel bear trap. I sure don't fear breezy days anymore.
I've yet to drop this anchor and not have it stick. I did put the "mud palm" extensions on which lifts the angle and allows the anchor to grab much easier. I highly recommend putting them on first thing.
Some argue its too light but I prefer it since I only have to contend with the weight of my chain and not the weight of a steel anchor as well. Its easy to assemble and very well crafted. The only thing that could top it off is if it were made of polished billet alluminum.
What I also like is this anchor can be easily disassembled and stored in the optional canvas pouch. Makes it nice for storage if you have limited anchor storage room.
I liked the quality and capabilities so much I picked up the smaller Gardian G-5 to use as a Stern anchor.
Get one, if you use it properly, it should last you a long time.
This anchor always sets on every bottom. When it sets in clay I worry it may not come up. It sets on almost every throw. I am looking to get another one as I use one to moor out and only trust this one which leaves me with my back up which is terrible when I go out for a ride. Yes it is pricy but it is reliable and trust it as it has never failed. I use it all the time and it is 15 years old and looks like new today. Chain is showing age and have replaced ropes a few times but anchor is like new and still has a shine to it.
The perfect storm anchor
Light weight and stowable, we kept an FX 55 stowed in a locker as a storm anchor for our 38' cruisng cutter. Rigged with a few feet of chain and 200' of nylon rode it was easy for one person to set it out using the inflatable. Try doing that with an 80lb Luke sometime. It has held us securely in two named storms. Also, with the mud palms attached, we have used it in the soft bottoms often found on the ICW when our 45lb Bruce primary anchor wouldn't hold.
This anchor is so good at hooking we had to leave it in the bay in 60 feet of water. Even the Boat U.S. gentleman couldn't pull it up. He was so impressed he said "If a hurricane blew up on you, you may be at the bottom, but you'd be right there."
A little pricey, but it looks as nice as it hooks. Just be careful where you drop it. It may not want to come home with you.
Very solid, holds great, too well
FX23 is a great anchor, but be prepared to have a hard time getting it out, particularly in mud. I had to finally winch it out. I do not have a windlass, but suspect the windlass could not get it out either.
I am going to get another Fortress, a 10 lb so that I can use that in lighter conditions. Otherwise I am afraid someday I will be leaving my FX23 on the bottom.
I have used my FX-11 on a ...
I have used my FX-11 on a 29' POWERQUEST Enticer from the Ohio River to the Gulf of Mexico and have been very pleased. Since and anchor isn't something that most boaters use on every cruise this anchor stows easily without taking up valueable space yet it has as much (if not more) holding power as the others I have used. If I ever loose this one (God forbid) I will replace it with another Fortress.
My back thanks Fortress!
My back, shoulders and arms thank Fortress for their Aluminum Achors. I traded my 50Lb steel anchor for the Fortress and I could not believe the difference in not only weight...but the holding power. It also seems to dig in faster in the lake bottom. We don't use a windlass...so it's my back...or if we have quests...I can sometimes get a volunteer to hoist!
Easy to handle & amazing holding power
I bought a Fortress FX-37 as a storm anchor for my boat after I used one for years during my service aboard a US Coast Guard 47-ft Motor Lifeboat. That anchor has held me in some horrific blows on the east coast and in bottoms that have ranged from soft mud to hard sand & clay. Definitely a terrific product.
Fastest setting anchor I have ever used!
After using heavy steel anchors for years, I finally broke down, spent the $$ and bought a Fortress. Once this anchor hits bottom, it digs in amazingly fast and it holds like a concrete mooring!
Also, retrieving it is a breeze and a back saver. My only regret is not buying one sooner.