Fortress Anchors are sending us their FX-125, the largest anchor they make. The Coast Guard use these anchors aboard their vessels. At only 69 pounds in weight, providing over 8,000 pounds of holding in soft mud, and 27,000 pounds in hard sand, Thunderbird 2 will have the best holding in even the most horrific of storm conditions in a good anchorage.
This donation actually makes us rethink the entire ground tackle system; we need to re-size the chain, rope rode and galvanized steel wire rope that we need to match this holding power, even the design of the windlass on deck that we are going to custom build!
Calling mechanical engineer volunteers - we would like to set up a trial with this anchor and the ground tackle with strain gauges, comparing the FX-125 with our existing other anchor which is a new 100 pound Baldt. Please feel free to comment below.
ALL THE COAST GUARD VESSELS IN THIS PICTURE HAVE FORTRESS ANCHORS.
Thunderbird 2 is receiving the same anchor you see in the foreground on the 154' Fast Response Cutter (FRC) which displaces 353 long tons (790,000 lbs).