Cruising Tips #4 Anchoring

Cruising Tips #4 Anchoring

unless your boat stays in a marina or lives on a mooring you will probably spend a lot of time at anchor if you are coastal cruising you'll probably be finding somewhere to anchor every night using the correct procedure to anchor should allow you to get a good night's sleep anchors and anchor cables can be of many different types and sizes there is plenty of information available to choose the right gear for your boat and particular circumstances in this video we're going to show you the correct procedure for getting your anchor down and set the first thing you'll need is a lead this is a shore structure that will give you a shelter from the wind or forecast we'd find a suitable bottom type and in most circumstances you'll be looking for sand or mud which is free of weed rocks pebbles coral and weed especially kelp can often make anchoring difficult if not impossible to find a sandy bottom consult your chart or cruising guide but the final analysis is usually made on the echo sounder a flat race with no peaks usually indicates sand or gently shelving sand is preferred never try to anchor on a slope will drop off don't anchor too close to other boats or the shore and don't forget you will usually end up 30 metres from where your anchor goes down once enough scope is out take a note of the depth while checking the bottom trace get the gear ready for deployment this will differ from vessel to vessel once ready head the boat into any tide or the wind if other boats are anchored nearby check which way they are hanging make sure the boat is going astern before the anchor is dropped sometimes the tide will assist if using all train anchor cable try to put the anchor on the bottom with the chain running away from avoid getting the anchor down with the chain piled on top of it Payet chain until a scope of one to five or more is reached that's five meters of chain for every 1 meter of water we mark our chain every 10 meters with colored plastic ties make sure that the anchor cable pulls up taut without bouncing this will indicate that the anchor has a bite if the tide is not running it may pay to back up slowly to set the anchor be careful not to break it out attach a rope snubber to the chain this will take the weight off your anchor windlass and stop the chain grinding in the bow roller keeping you awake the last thing to do is check your GPS the vote should be stationary place a waypoint on the plotter to mark your position once anchored if gps is not available find a transit off your beam this is two prominent objects in line it will give you warning if the vessel is moving following these procedures should allow you to sleep peacefully at night at least until the wind gets up you

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