Fx16 anchor as secondary for 390 da

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  1. jmauld

    jmauld Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    756
    Jun 9, 2020
    Carolina Beach
    2010 Sundancer 390
    2016 Sea Hunt Ultra 211
    Twin 8.1l of gas guzzling iron
  2. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake, Middle River
    1991 250 Sundancer
    7.4 Bravo 1
    FX16 is a big anchor, be fine for secondary.
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  3. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    I used an FX-11 as a stern anchor for years on a 450DA and never had it pull loose. A lot depends upon your scope and the type bottom you are anchored in. We were in a sandy area with no rocks or mud in NW Florida. I used a 100' anchor line and considered scope free so we let most of it out every day. Anchoring in waist deep water and letting out a lot of scope is kind of self defense that help s keep ontons and other small boats out of your hip pocket.

    We did carry a second FX-11 and a second 100' anchor line because in NW Fla we are subject to afternoon squalls with unpredicted winds that can get nautical even in a near shore anchorage. In those instances, I put out the second FX-11 and crossed the lines to hold the boat in a fixed position and to prevent the boat from pivoting on the front anchor which was an FX-37.
     
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  4. jmauld

    jmauld Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    756
    Jun 9, 2020
    Carolina Beach
    2010 Sundancer 390
    2016 Sea Hunt Ultra 211
    Twin 8.1l of gas guzzling iron
    Did you use a chain on your FX-11, or just rope?
     
  5. copb8tx

    copb8tx Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 26, 2008
    Lake Texoma, TX/Port Richey, FL
    SOLD 2005 420 DA w/T-8.1S Horizons
    2011 Four Winns H240 w/Volvo 8.1 DPi
    I used an FX-16 as my rear anchor on the 420. We were backed into a beach with 4 other boats tied to me, none with rear anchors, when a big wind storm came through right on our beam. Anchor never let go but was BURIED into the beach when it was time to pull it up.
     
  6. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    No chain…..just a 3 strand nylon line. Stern anchors are not for primary holding in most applications; however, I've been boating on the Gulf Coast a long time and have seen many boat pull anchors loose when not anchored with enough of the right kind of equipment. For us all we needed to do was to hold the stern of our boat reasonably stationary and off neighboring boats, until a squall blew thru then I just walked the second FX-11 to about th e same distance we dropped the primary stern anchor and set it with about 150 ft of separation from the first stern anchor. I never had a single anchor fail to hold and had to put my thinkling cap on to get both anchors off the bottom when it was time to go.

    You will have to experience this but Fortress anchors hold like they are welded to the backbone of the earth. Cone you set one, it jusrt keeps going deeper and deeper if you set it correctly. The other thing abousr rodes is I always used a 3 strand nylon line on both the primary and the stern anchors. 3 strand nylon stretches and relaxes and every time the boat pulls the line tight, the aluminum flukes just dig in deeper.
     
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  7. jmauld

    jmauld Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    756
    Jun 9, 2020
    Carolina Beach
    2010 Sundancer 390
    2016 Sea Hunt Ultra 211
    Twin 8.1l of gas guzzling iron
    Okay you’ve convinced me. I’m grabbing it.

    I already have a fortress as the primary for my 21’ CC. Agree, It’s a fantastic anchor.
     
  8. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake, Middle River
    1991 250 Sundancer
    7.4 Bravo 1
    Have only used Fortress since they came out. One size larger than call for. Never failed me. Plus they look real purty on a bow pulpit.
    True. Bought this boat, the very FIRST thing i did was look take the steel anchor and gave it to another boater who took it as a spare, and replaced mine with a Fortress.
     
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2021 at 6:12 PM

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