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Best anchor for sandy bottoms?

Discussion in 'Polls' started by waternutt, May 29, 2017.

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What is the best anchor for sand?

  1. Slide Anchor Box Anchor

    21 vote(s)
    34.4%
  2. Fortress FX-7

    23 vote(s)
    37.7%
  3. Mantus Anchor

    17 vote(s)
    27.9%
  1. blacksapphirez

    blacksapphirez Jet Boat Junkie

    Messages:
    949
    Location:
    Birmingham, AL
    Ratings:
    +715 / 27
    Boat Make:
    Boatless
    Year:
    2018
    Boat Model:
    242 Limited S E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    box anchor does not work for soft sand bottoms such as Bimini... needs more surface area to bite
     
  2. haknslash

    haknslash Jetboaters Admiral

    Messages:
    4,307
    Location:
    Alabaster, AL
    Ratings:
    +4,180 / 101
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    AR192
    Boat Length:
    19
    I gotta say I've had great success with the deluxe danforth this week at the beach. It has held my boat in 15-20 mph winds and rough surf earlier in the week without it breaking loose. It's not the strongest bite but it seems to hold good and we didn't end up having to use the box anchor to help hold the boat. It's no mantus or fortress though.
     
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  3. troybox

    troybox Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    19
    Location:
    Twin Cities Area, Minnesota
    Ratings:
    +6 / 2
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2010
    Boat Model:
    Limited S
    Boat Length:
    24
    Well, I have definitely figured out that the FX7 will not fit in a 10-14 242 anchor locker...at least not in the danforth mount.

    Its not the width (although I would have to spread out the mounts for that too) its the length of the spine that is the show stopper. With a little finagling I can get it in there sideways.

    Will be trying it out this weekend to see if its worth the hassle.
     
  4. jdonalds

    jdonalds Jet Boat Addict

    Messages:
    593
    Location:
    Redding, CA
    Ratings:
    +337 / 4
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2006
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    21
    While I'm not a big fan of the Danforth anchor in general I would say a sandy bottom is where it shines.
     
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  5. TPABoatGrl

    TPABoatGrl Active Member

    Messages:
    16
    Location:
    Tampa Bay
    Ratings:
    +3 / 1
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    242X E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    Did that Fortress end up fitting in the anchor locker without a lot of hassle? I’m looking into the Fortress for my 2016 242x. Assuming the locker is the same size as previous years.
     
  6. troybox

    troybox Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    19
    Location:
    Twin Cities Area, Minnesota
    Ratings:
    +6 / 2
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2010
    Boat Model:
    Limited S
    Boat Length:
    24
    Very impressed with the fortress’s performance this weekend. Set right up both times I used it. It’s a bit of a jigsaw puzzle to fit into my anchor box as I have to put it in sideways, but not to bad once you have the technique.

    But the 10-14 anchor box is different than the 2016+. I believe other posts where it does fit with minor crossbar modifications are for your anchor box. But someone with a newer boat might have to jump in to confirm.
     
  7. TPABoatGrl

    TPABoatGrl Active Member

    Messages:
    16
    Location:
    Tampa Bay
    Ratings:
    +3 / 1
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    242X E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    Thanks for the information. I looked back in previous posts and it does seem that a slight modification is needed to fit in the locker, but if the anchor works that well, may be worth it!
     
  8. BBottoms

    BBottoms Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    74
    Location:
    Buffalo, KY
    Ratings:
    +82 / 0
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2015
    Boat Model:
    AR
    Boat Length:
    24
    I just put an FX7 in mine. The crossbar does need to be trimmed about 1/2" to fit but that's easily done. On mine the anchor was just a hair too long and hit the bottom of the locker. I relocated the hangers up about 1/2-3/4" and it hangs perfectly now. I don't thith the hangers are placed with much precision from the factory so some boats may be fine stock. I had to remove the rubber bumpers on the bottom of the anchor locker door because it wouldn't close with them on but replaced with some weather strip material I had. Hangs perfectly and securely now. There's no way it can bounch out of the hangers unless the door opens up.

    I've only been out 3 times since I've had the anchor and anchored maybe 8 times. It's only failed to set once, and I honestly didn't get enough rode out for the depth. Otherwise it's set quick and held great everytime in a lake with everything from soft mud to rock ledges. Admittedly limited experience but love it so far. I was fighting with my old fluke anchor 50% of the time in the same conditions.

    I can get some pictures of the anchor locker tonight if needed.
     
  9. TPABoatGrl

    TPABoatGrl Active Member

    Messages:
    16
    Location:
    Tampa Bay
    Ratings:
    +3 / 1
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    242X E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    I’d like to see the anchor locker pix if you take any. I’m not super handy, but if it’s an easy fix I can try it!
     
  10. BBottoms

    BBottoms Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    74
    Location:
    Buffalo, KY
    Ratings:
    +82 / 0
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2015
    Boat Model:
    AR
    Boat Length:
    24
    I have no before pictures, just afters, but should give you an idea what's needed. Hardest part about the whole thing was holding the hardware in place on the backside to remove/reinstall the hangers. I ended up dropping one of the nuts which disappeared into the abyss between the outer hull and interior fiberglass and had to use one from some leftover hardware I had for another install.

    Here's the overall pic and a close up of the hanger post-relocate. I found some 1/2" rubber caps at Lowes for the ends of the crossbar to help protect the side of the boat as much as possible from any accidental hits when pulling the anchor up. They've held tight through half a dozen anchorings now and even if I lose one they're $1 per package of 4. It's hard to get a picture of the bottom of the anchor locker, but the FX7 now clears the bottom by 1/4-1/2". Before I moved the hangers up it hit on the bottom and wouldn't seat all the way in the hangers, which was a perfect recipe to punch a hole through the hull. As previously mentioned I also had to cut about 1/2" from the FX7 crossbar so it would sit down in the hangers. Took 2 minutes with a hacksaw and then a wire wheel on a bench grinder to clean it up.
    20180611_213450.jpg 20180611_213420.jpg

    Here's showing the hanger in it's new location and you can see part of the original holes to give an idea how far I moved it. I not only moved it up, but aft as well, which lined it up better with the brace/hold down on the bottom of the anchor locker door. Factory didn't line up well at all and the little rubber bumpers were clearly hitting at an angle, not centered on the crossbar of the anchor.
    20180611_213616.jpg 20180611_213957.jpg

    Here's the backside where the machine screws come through to give you a better idea of how far it moved. I reused the factory 1/4" fasteners so I used a 1/4" drillbit. If I was hanging anything heavy in there I'd probably fill the old holes with epoxy or similar just to be safe but I'm not worried about it with a super light anchor.
    20180611_213844.jpg

    Lastly, the factory rubber bumpers on the bottom of the anchor locker door brace would no longer work as they didn't have enough 'squish' and hit the cross bar in it's new, higher location which kept the door from closing. I removed them and was comfortable with the cross brace holding the anchor in place as close as it now was but went ahead and added small pieces of adhesive backed epdm weather seal I had left over from another project. Should all but eliminate any moving or rattling of the anchor.
    20180611_213437.jpg
     
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  11. TPABoatGrl

    TPABoatGrl Active Member

    Messages:
    16
    Location:
    Tampa Bay
    Ratings:
    +3 / 1
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    242X E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    Thank you this is really helpful, appreciate the pictures and details.
     
  12. hobineros

    hobineros Jet Boat Lover

    Messages:
    163
    Location:
    Cutler Bay, Florida
    Ratings:
    +193 / 1
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    242 Limited S E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    The fx7 will fit in a 2016 242. Just grind off like half an inch of the top bar. Its alot easier than jacking around with screws , them shits are a pain in the ass lol
     

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  13. TPABoatGrl

    TPABoatGrl Active Member

    Messages:
    16
    Location:
    Tampa Bay
    Ratings:
    +3 / 1
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    242X E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    Did you need to trim off .5” from each side of the bar, or .5” all together?
     
  14. Beachbummer

    Beachbummer Jet Boat Junkie

    Messages:
    1,118
    Location:
    Houston TX
    Ratings:
    +663 / 9
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2008
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    23
    I use 20# Navy anchor plastic coated. A pain to carry sure to the weight, but holds great!!!

    They are cheap too.

    Accompanied by 6ft stainless chain. Can't beat it, works in all surfaces.
     

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