There’s more to effective and safe anchoring than one thinks, here are some essential guidelines

  • Don’t anchor in marked channels.
  • Select an anchorage that offers protection.
  • Use the appropriate anchor for the area of operation
  • Make sure the anchor line is attached to your vessel.
  • Untangle and lay the line out before deploying.
  • Move into the wind forward of where you want to end up and stop.
  • Gradually drop the anchor – don’t just throw it overboard – and let it touch bottom. You will drift back to your selected location.
  • Allow for a scope of 3:1 (anchor line to depth of water) in normal conditions, and 5:1 in rough
    conditions. The flatter the pull on the anchor, the better it will hold.
  • Tie off the line to a forward cleat/ securing point.
  • Adjust the length of line to the conditions.
  • Display the prescribed lighting if anchoring at night.
  • Monitor your anchor’s hold, as changing conditions can affect performance and vessel stability.
  • When it’s not in use, stow and lash the anchor securely.

Setting more than one anchor

  • For stronger holding in rough conditions, consider a second forward anchor spread apart from the first, so the boat forms the bottom of a ‘V’.
  • To hold the boat in one spot in calm conditions, such as when diving, use a stern anchor as well as the bow anchor.
  • It’s not easy for one person to set more than one anchor. Ask your crew to help in letting out anchor lines so they are not picked up by the propeller as you locate the place for the second Once the anchors are down, adjust the lines so the vessel is riding safely.