Anchoring in Squishy Bottoms
Fortress's Chesapeake Bay tests highlight the challenges of soft mud.
Practical Sailor carried out its own series of anchor tests in a mud bottom in 2006 (see April 2006 and October 2006 issues), and those tests bore out a commonly known fact: Danforth-style anchors, which feature flukes that are proportionally larger than other types of anchors of the same mass, tend to hold better than older, plough-style anchors in soft mud. When Practical Sailor was invited to witness Fortressís test, editors were initially skeptical; the playing field seemed heavily tilted in Fortressís favor. In the end, however, it was a busy test schedule, not outright skepticism, that prevented our attending.