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Anchoring Tips

Books on seamanship all have a section on how to properly and safely anchor your boat. Generally they reflect consistent theories and Maxwell is not about to re-write the books. However, for the person reading this catalogue with the intent of purchasing an anchoring system for a boat, we felt a brief summary regarding acceptable anchoring technique could prove useful and informative.
  • Before deciding where you want to anchor, slowly cruise around the anchoring site and check the boats already at anchor, to ensure you have enough room to swing.
  • Allow adequate room around the spot where you wish to anchor. Remember that power vessels swing differently than yachts. Boats on rope rodes swing around more than those on chain.
  • Slow down and keep the bow into the wind, or current, whichever is stronger and as the boat comes to a complete stop, start to lower the anchor.
  • After lowering the anchor, either drift back or slowly reverse while paying out the anchor rode, in order to ensure the anchor is set (holding firm).
  • The amount of anchor rode you pay out should always be at least three times the depth of water in which you are anchoring.
  • Do not switch off the engine until you are sure the anchor is set (holding firm). The engine may not restart. Use buoys as reference points if they are available or, if close to shore, use prominent landmarks to check you are holding your position.
  • Once anchored, secure your anchor rode with the chain stopper or secure to a deck cleat or bollard with a hitch that is easy to cast off. Do not anchor off your winch.
  • Have a small buoy handy, which you can tie to the end of your anchor rode in case you have to slip your anchor. You will then be able to recover your anchor & rode later.
  • Your boat should always be anchored via the bow.
  • Check your position frequently when at anchor. You may have dragged.

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