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+1 Fortress.

Bottom weedy and muddy ... +2 Fortress, it cuts thru weeds and does not plug on them like Delta or other plow anchors do. Brings back much much less mud when pulled out, and the mud slides easily from anodized aluminum ... just dunk it a few times before bringing it on deck.

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My boat came with a Delta on the bow roller, and it's done amazingly well in the largely muddy bottom of the lake we frequent.  Our backup is a Fortress FX-7 that was the primary on our old boat.  With the flukes set up for mud, and 6' of heavy stainless steel chain as the leader, it also holds very well.

One thing we've found with both styles is that a good amount of chain leader has a huge positive impact on setting/holding.

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The 20-30 feet of chain and 5:1 to 7:1 scope is expected for most anchors to hold well.

Here is our Delta bringing back a bit of the bottom ... sea salad served. Once it started to drag it would not reset itself nor was I able to set it again until the ball of weeds was cleaned up ... a long serrated bread knife was invaluable in clearing this mess, an exciting job on a windy and rainy night.

The Fortress does not collect the weeds same way, very little if any by the time it is brought to the surface. It can reset itself or you can set it again without the need to bring it out for cleaning.

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I prefer the box anchor.  You throw it out and forget it. No need for chain or trying to get it to stick.  Our lake bottom is mostly clay and we had a terrible time getting other anchors to work. The box anchor works every time. 

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I use a Delta anchor on the south shore of Long Island. My 31' Signature came with twenty feet of chain, it has amazing holding power. I carry a Danforth Deepset as my second anchor. The second anchor has 10 feet of chain.

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Another Vote for Box Anchor.  However the best anchor is the one that fits your local conditions.  

For me its mud or gravel (depending on location) and often crowded.  The Box Anchor lets me run a much shorter scope and thus less swing into neighboring boats. Downside for the Box is that it wont fit in the anchor locker...  

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I do have a 60 pound anchor in the bow locker. Navy pattern.  If I deploy it ?  The bow will go under during a part of each 8' plus wave passing wave . It holds in all bottoms .

My weedless LIGHT DUTY anchor is a 15 ? pound length of 2 1/2 " S S  shaft With a S S eye welded on.  TOTALLY  weedless in all weeds. Where the fish are.  I t penetrates the weeds & digs in slightly. All the weeds drop off as it comes out of the water.  Except for 2 types. Very little of them stay on.

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