Anchoring a small to mid-sized vessel is an easy task as long as you’re prepared and know the steps! Here are five tips to keep in mind whenever you drop the hook.
An anchor that’s too light pulls as conditions change, one that’s too heavy is tough on the back. Follow your manufacturer’s suggestion for size and size up if you’ll be in rough or windy waters.
The Danforth style sticks well in sand, mud and gravel. The plow style is best for rocky anchorages. Ask your local Sea Tow captain if you’re unsure what style to use in the area you’ll be boating in.
Add Some Chain.
Adding chain between the anchor shank and anchor line lowers the angle of the line pull to help absorb the shock of a tossing boat. Six to eight feet is standard for small craft. For larger vessels, use one half the boat’s length.
Head up-current or up-wind (whichever is stronger) before dropping anchor. Hold position far enough ahead of your desired anchor point, then lower your anchor to the bottom and begin letting out line.
Know how deep the water is where you plan to anchor and let out 5 – 7 times the depth so you have enough scope. Never toss the anchor over the side. Instead, lower it from the bow at a steady pace.
Anchoring is a basic skill that every boater needs to know and master, even if don’t anticipate doing it often. If you’re new to the water, make sure you learn the basics before you head out.
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