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Fortress Aluminum Anchors

Lightweight, fast-setting and reliable, this anchor gets fan mail

Made of high-tensile aluminum-magnesium alloy with no welds to weaken the metal, Fortress anchors are not only lightweight, they are strong! And they are versatile as well, with two adjustable shank angles: 32° for sand and 45° for soft mud. They are easy to handle and their light weight helps to minimize weight at the bow. Precisely machined, anodized, interlocking components are corrosion resistant, nonmagnetic and as easy to put together as they are to take apart. For compact storage, we suggest one of the bags offered separately on this page. Made in USA. Type approved by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). Models FX-37 to FX-125 are certified as Super High Holding Power (SHHP) anchors.

  • Style: Pivoting aluminum fluke
  • Material: High tensile aluminum-magnesium alloy
  • Application: Sand and mud
  • Pros: Extra high holding power. Two shank angles hard sand and soft mud. Lightweight and strong. Disassembles for storage.
  • Cons: Less effective on rocky or grassy bottoms. Light weight makes small sizes “sail” under water if boat is drifting backwards quickly.
  • Warranty: Lifetime parts replacement
Product Models
Description WM Model # MFG Part # Availability Price Quantity  
7lb. Aluminum Anchor for 28-32' Boat, Replaces 10-13lb. Steel Anchor, 27"L x 22"W Stock, 16" Fluke Length 388942 FX-11
In stock online.

$184.99

69lb. Aluminum Anchor for 69'+ Boat, Replaces 100-170lb. Steel Anchor, 56"L x 45"W Stock, 33" Fluke Length 254633 FX-125
In stock online.

$1,519.99

10lb. Aluminum Anchor for 33-38' Boat, Replaces 14-18lb. Steel Anchor, 31"L x 25"W Stock, 18" Fluke Length 388934 FX-16
In stock online.

$239.99

15lb. Aluminum Anchor for 39-45' Boat, Replaces 19-28lb. Steel Anchor, 36"L x 29"W Stock, 21" Fluke Length 401588 FX-23
In stock online.

$359.99

21lb. Aluminum Anchor for 46-51' Boat, Replaces 33-50lb. Steel Anchor, 40"L x 32"W Stock, 24" Fluke Length 401596 FX-37
In stock online.

$549.00

32lb. Aluminum Anchor for 52-58' Boat, Replaces 50-65lb. Steel Anchor, 46"L x 37"W Stock, 27" Fluke Length 401604 FX-55
In stock online.

$729.00

4lb. Aluminum Anchor for 16-27' Boat, Replaces 6-9lb. Steel Anchor, 24"L x 19"W Stock, 14" Fluke Length 420646 FX-7
In stock online.

$139.99

47lb. Aluminum Anchor for 59-68' Boat, Replaces 70-90lb. Steel Anchor, 51"L x 41"W Stock, 30" Fluke Length 516636 FX-85
In stock online.

$1,089.99

Product Description

Lightweight, fast-setting and reliable, this anchor gets fan mail

Made of high-tensile aluminum-magnesium alloy with no welds to weaken the metal, Fortress anchors are not only lightweight, they are strong! And they are versatile as well, with two adjustable shank angles: 32° for sand and 45° for soft mud. They are easy to handle and their light weight helps to minimize weight at the bow. Precisely machined, anodized, interlocking components are corrosion resistant, nonmagnetic and as easy to put together as they are to take apart. For compact storage, we suggest one of the bags offered separately on this page. Made in USA. Type approved by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). Models FX-37 to FX-125 are certified as Super High Holding Power (SHHP) anchors.

  • Style: Pivoting aluminum fluke
  • Material: High tensile aluminum-magnesium alloy
  • Application: Sand and mud
  • Pros: Extra high holding power. Two shank angles hard sand and soft mud. Lightweight and strong. Disassembles for storage.
  • Cons: Less effective on rocky or grassy bottoms. Light weight makes small sizes “sail” under water if boat is drifting backwards quickly.
  • Warranty: Lifetime parts replacement

Specs

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4.5

(based on 44 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (35)
  • Holds boat securely (33)
  • Reliable (29)
  • Safe (21)
  • Easy to install (13)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (4)

Best Uses

  • Small boats (20)
  • Large boats (18)
  • Open water (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (20), Casual/ recreational (13), Professional (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My back thanks Fortress!

My back, shoulders and arms thank Fortress for their Aluminum Achors. I traded my 50Lb steel anchor for the Fortress and I could not believe the difference in not only weight...but the...Read complete review

My back, shoulders and arms thank Fortress for their Aluminum Achors. I traded my 50Lb steel anchor for the Fortress and I could not believe the difference in not only weight...but the holding power. It also seems to dig in faster in the lake bottom. We don't use a windlass...so it's my back...or if we have quests...I can sometimes get a volunteer to hoist!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

So far not so good and I'm not impressed one bit.

I replaced a 35 pound Delta anchor with an FX16 Fortress. I got the Delta many years ago when I was young and spry; now at 68 I'm not so young although I'm still...Read complete review

I replaced a 35 pound Delta anchor with an FX16 Fortress. I got the Delta many years ago when I was young and spry; now at 68 I'm not so young although I'm still rather spry. So far I'm very disappointed and glad the ole Delta is still in my garage. My 30 foot sailboat sits right smack dab in the middle of the boat length specified by Fortress for this anchor. It is affixed to 30' of chain. On my first set the wind switched direction and shifted 180 degrees and the anchor did not hold in about 15 knots of wind. So I moved to a new location and tried another set and could not get it to set. I know the ground was rocky in the first location but I hooked it with about 6:1 scope and even put on a mask, fins, and snorkel to check the set. Not sure what the bottom was on my second attempt but suspect it may have been rocky also. In thirty years of using the ole Delta I never, not once, had it drag and so far I'm 0 for 2 with the Fortress.

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5.0

Truly an amazing anchor

By Dave

from Florida

About Me Advanced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy to handle + great holding
  • Easy To Use
  • Holds Boat Securely
  • Reliable
  • Safe

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large Boats
    • Small Boats

    Comments about Fortress Aluminum Anchors:

    I have owned a Fortress anchor for all of my boats since they came out in the late 80s and I could not be more pleased with this product. It is much easier to handle than heavy steel anchors and it sets and holds better as well, plus it is rustproof and has an unbelievable warranty.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Ask for it to come in a box....

    By Jolly Roger

    from Florida

    About Me Advanced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Open Water

      Comments about Fortress Aluminum Anchors:

      So I purchased this as a gift for my husband for Christmas, only it was not a surprise due to the fact that it came in clear packaging.
      Other than his gift not being a surprise it's fine. The order shipped really fast.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      5.0

      Plan to purchase again

      By Dean

      from Harkers Island NC

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Easy To Use
      • Holds Boat Securely
      • Reliable
      • Safe

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Small Boats

        Comments about Fortress Aluminum Anchors:

        Very light, good holding power

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great light anchor with very good holding power

        By Tiki Dude

        from Tiki Island, Texas

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Easy To Use
        • Holds Boat Securely
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fortress Aluminum Anchors:

            Such a relief after having dealt with a large galvanized steel anchor for years. Has virtually same holding power with half the weight and equal strength. Makes a huge difference when you are hauling up an anchor in 50' of water. Saves the back for sure!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Not sure yet

            By Joe

            from Houma, LA

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • LIGHT

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fortress Aluminum Anchors:

                The anchor is light. I have a 17 ft. Alumna craft so space is limited and I'm trying to keep the weight to a minimum. I went out with the anchor one time on a windy day, Wind was blowing at 15 to 20 MHP with slight occasional gusts. I used the anchor at two locations. Bottom condition was soft mud, south Louisiana marsh. In both spots the anchor took its time biting the bottom, maybe drifting 20 to 40 feet before grabbing. I have the anchor adjusted to this bottom condition per the instructions. However I have a short Leader chain, Apx. 12" to 15" of 3/8" stainless steel chain. Its what I had on hand. I will get a longer chain, no less than 2' and try the anchor again.

                Service and delivery comments:

                pick up in store, it was a good shopping experience

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Awesome anchor

                By Smoke

                from NE Fla.

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Holds Boat Securely
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Fortress Aluminum Anchors:

                    This thing is lightweight and sets quick, well worth the money

                     
                    4.0

                    Anchor purchase

                    By Rascal

                    from Oscoda, MI

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Open Water

                      Comments about Fortress Aluminum Anchors:

                      West Marine employee friendly and helpful

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      hooks up amazingly

                      By Saltwater Outlaw

                      from Ponce inlet, Fl

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Holds Boat Securely
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Large Boats
                        • Open Water

                        Comments about Fortress Aluminum Anchors:

                        I have a 35ft contender and the anchor locker is not large enough to hold the next size up fortress. I purchased the 7lb fortress which is rated for up to a 32ft boat. Well I'm 3ft over th recommended length and you can not tell. It hooks up almost instantly and holds like nothing else. Amazing anchor that I can't say enough about!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        Fortress Anchors

                        By GEO

                        from Attica,In

                        About Me Advanced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent light weight
                        • Holds Boat Securely
                        • Reliable
                        • Safe

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Open Water

                          Comments about Fortress Aluminum Anchors:

                          superior performance in sand bottom

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Awesome!

                          By Will

                          from Waverly, GA

                          About Me Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Holds Boat Securely
                          • Reliable
                          • Safe

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Large Boats
                            • Open Water
                            • Small Boats

                            Comments about Fortress Aluminum Anchors:

                            Switched from a big galvanized 12 lb anchor with a 10 ft chain to this 4lb anchor with a 5 foot chain and I am impressed. It held my 4 thousand pound Parker offshore in 5 ft seas. Even though the chain is short I couldn't tell. Excellent holding power and super lightweight with a strong design.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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