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FORTRESS 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
Customer Reviews
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.

$234.99

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

$354.99

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.

$539.99

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.

$699.99

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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4.6

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Holds boat securely (24)
  • Easy to use (22)
  • Reliable (20)
  • Safe (15)
  • Easy to install (7)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (4)

Best Uses

  • Small boats (15)
  • Large boats (13)
  • Open water (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (16), Casual/ recreational (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

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

 

Not a good anchor stay away

I have used almost every type of anchor and owned more than 10 boats in my lifetime. I got a FX11 with my 24 Pursuit I recently purchased and was eager to see how...Read complete review

I have used almost every type of anchor and owned more than 10 boats in my lifetime. I got a FX11 with my 24 Pursuit I recently purchased and was eager to see how well it works. Fortress ads are really misleading and false. I tried it out on my 13 Whaler ( its rated for 28-32 foot boat) and it is simply junk. Its so light it skips over the bottom even though I had 4 feet of chain on it. I tried it on sandy, muddy, and hard ground. I would not use it for a spare its that bad. Also the construction is very weak and shabby. Save money and buy a good ole steel anchor.

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5.0

Excellent

By Dorene

from Orlando, Fl

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large Boats

    Comments about Fortress Aluminum Anchors:

    Lightweight, easy to handle

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    5.0

    get what you pay for

    By EREG

    from Miami

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fortress Aluminum Anchors:

        This anchor is worth the money you pay for it,
        It sticks every time you throw it out and gold strong even in strong currents

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        I really like the fortress anchor, one of the best

        By Don't have one

        from Crawfordville

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Large Boats
          • Open Water
          • Small Boats

          Comments about Fortress Aluminum Anchors:

          I always enjoy going to west marine , the store employes are very helpful.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          My Anchor of Choice

          By BC

          from Cape Coral, FL

          About Me Advanced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Large Boats
            • Small Boats

            Comments about Fortress Aluminum Anchors:

            I use a Fortress for my 24' Hurricane and have been completely happy with the performance. It really does also grab hold every time. I use another Fortress as a back-up for Grady White - I feel very comfortable knowing that I have a Fortress backing me up in case I need to deploy two anchors.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Does the Job in Sand and Mud

            By Mark

            from Cleveland, Ohio

            About Me Advanced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Holds Boat Securely
            • It Is Light
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fortress Anchors Fortress Aluminum Anchors:

                I used a 7 lbs. Fortress for 7 years on our Catalina 30 sailboat. It replaced a 20 lbs. Danforth steel anchor. I had a 25 lbs. plow type anchor as a back-up. The Fortress was used in sand and mud. This was on Lake Erie. It never failed to hold, but we never anchored on a rocky bottom. My wife and I the light weight the light weight. We did not have a windlass.

                 
                5.0

                Definitely the world's best anchor!

                By Capt. Greg

                from Marathon, FL

                About Me Advanced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Awesome Holding Power
                • Easy To Install
                • Easy To Use
                • Holds Boat Securely
                • Reliable
                • Safe

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Large Boats
                  • Small Boats

                  Comments about Fortress Anchors Fortress Aluminum Anchors:

                  I have used a Fortress anchor on a wide variety of boats here in the Florida Keys over the past 20 years or so and I simply would not be without one. They handle easy, don't rust, and have incredible holding power for their size. If you ever damage an anchor part, they replace it for free, no questions asked.

                  Simply follow their chain length and size recommendations and you will be a happy Fortress owner for life.

                  (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Not a good anchor stay away

                  By Dave

                  from Key Largo, FL

                  About Me Advanced

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Fortress Anchors Fortress Aluminum Anchors:

                        I have used almost every type of anchor and owned more than 10 boats in my lifetime. I got a FX11 with my 24 Pursuit I recently purchased and was eager to see how well it works. Fortress ads are really misleading and false. I tried it out on my 13 Whaler ( its rated for 28-32 foot boat) and it is simply junk. Its so light it skips over the bottom even though I had 4 feet of chain on it. I tried it on sandy, muddy, and hard ground. I would not use it for a spare its that bad. Also the construction is very weak and shabby. Save money and buy a good ole steel anchor.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        easy to assemble. light weight.

                        By bill

                        from gallatin, tn.

                        About Me Advanced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good looking
                        • High Quality
                        • Holds Boat Securely
                        • Mud Setting Capability
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Large Boats
                        • Soft Mud Bottoms

                        Comments about Fortress Anchors 32lb. Aluminum Anchor For 52-58' Boat, Replaces 50-65lb. Steel Anchor, 46"l X 37"w Stock, 27" Fluke Length:

                        Good mud setting characteristics.

                        Service and delivery comments:

                        Prompt delivery
                        compact packaging
                        easy to assemble

                         
                        5.0

                        Great anchor

                        By Lou

                        from Fox Lake, IL

                        About Me Advanced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Holds Boat Securely
                        • Reliable
                        • Safe
                        • Sets first time

                        Cons

                        • Expensive

                        Best Uses

                        • Large Boats
                        • Mud bottom

                        Comments about Fortress Anchors 15lb. Aluminum Anchor For 39-45' Boat, Replaces 19-28lb. Steel Anchor, 36"l X 29"w Stock, 21" Fluke Length:

                        I use this anchor on a lake with a mud bottom. It has held the boat where my old anchor did not. Expensive,but worth the money.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Anchor

                        By TJ

                        from Havelock, NC

                        About Me Advanced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Large Boats

                          Comments about Fortress Anchors 21lb. Aluminum Anchor For 46-51' Boat, Replaces 33-50lb. Steel Anchor, 40"l X 32"w Stock, 24" Fluke Length:

                          Great anchor that is lighter than competitors yet still durable and strong. Great for mud or sand bottoms and for use as extra storm anchor.

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