|April Fooling in its partially solidified form.|
|It looked pretty shiny out of the box.|
Anyway, new (or evidently barely used) anchor! What is not to like on a sunny, if barely out of the frost zone, April First?
|I have been told that the green lettering on the shank was special-ordered. I know it makes this harder to successfully steal as almost all the rest have red lettering.|
|I believe I can both see the active principle and can shave with this.|
That said, if the Fortress proves, as I already believe it will, to be a decent "all-arounder", there are plenty of advantages to being a fraction of the weight of its competitors, and let's face it, most sailors, most of the time, anchor not to stay put in a Patigonian williwaw, but to enjoy lunch. Therein lies a big advantage for a light, lie-flat anchor.
Now, Alchemy has far more windage and mass than does the for-sale Valiente, and I intend with whatever anchor I use to have all-chain high-quality rode (3/8"/10 mm), and to make use of snubbers and bridles to reduce shock loading and to bring the "pivot" of the chain catenary down to the waterline or slightly below. Interestingly, the Fortress might prefer a rope leader between itself and a chain rode (see "Update: March 19" section) in order to keep its shank at a favourable angle of entry. I'm going to have to experiment. The opposite (a few metres of chain on 80 metres of nylon rode) works well on our smaller boat.
|Why, yes, I am the suspicious type.|
|What, me worry?|
|Ease the main or master Photoshop. There can be only one.|
|Haven't quite worked out how this will be stowed yet, so consider this temporary for purposes of display. That CQR is twice the weight of the Fortress, but is actually a size too small for Alchemy, who is a Big Girl.|