Episode #046: Your Pocket Sailing Instructor Podcast Anchoring 2.0 Continued…

This is a continuation of my last episode all about anchoring. If you haven’t listened to it yet, make sure you do!

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  3. #57: Chartering Step 3 – Trip planning, provisioning and check-out procedures

Review… Technical Terms Used for Anchoring

  • Ground & Tackle: includes the anchors, cables, and other tackle used to secure a ship at anchor.
  • Rode: is the connection system between the anchor and the boat. Traditionally it is a combination of rope and chain, or all chain.  
  • Scope: is defined as a ratio of the length of an anchor rode and the depth of the water under the the bow of the boat measured from deck height.
  • Snubber: is a bridle used to take the strain of the chain rode. This reduces wear on your boat from the chain and also acts as a shock absorber and silences the chain. Usually made of nylon rope or tough rubber.
  • Windlass: is a machine that restrains and manipulates the anchor chain on a boat, allowing the anchor to be raised and lowered by means of mechanical aid.
  • Anchor Roller: is a device situated at the bow that consists of a wheel within a framework that is designed to guide an anchor when it is lowered or raised.

Types of Anchors

There are several types of anchors on the market now. The classic anchors include the Bruce, Danforth, and Plough. Newer anchors such as the Mantus and Rocna are gaining a lot of popularity though. Personally I upgraded my small Bruce to a Rocna and absolutely LOVE IT.

Setting Multiple Anchors

Ok, to start off, I am not a fan of setting multiple anchors. There really needs to be a need for it. I sleep best when the boat is able to swing with the wind. However, sometimes you end up in an area with a strong current or swell that inevitably ends up hitting the boat broadside causing it to move in an uncomfortable way. When this happens, it is nice to be able to reset the bow of the boat so that you are moving up and down instead of side to side.

This image depicts one of the common methods used for two anchors. Two anchors off of the bow approximately at a 45 degree angle to each other. Another popular method is to have a bow anchor and a stern anchor. In both cases, I highly recommend using a trip line or anchor buoy not only to mark your second anchor, but to also help get it out if anything gets stuck.

Overall, the main trick when anchoring is make sure you have reviewed your criteria (depth, bottom type, swing room and shelter) and take your time. When in doubt, let more out (if you can!). Also remember that first come, first served. Early bird gets the worm!

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