If you love boating by day or spending the night out on the water, you need to know the proper way to anchor your boat. While there are a lot of situations that can occur, with basic knowledge you can master these skills in no time at all. If done properly, your boat will stay in one spot while you’re enjoying a swim with family or even sleeping off a busy day on the water, even if it’s windy and the tide or current is against you.
Know what’s below your boat before you set your anchor in the water. Once that’s done, you will have a better chance of securing your boat without any issues. No one says you need to carry every style of anchor ever made, but knowing the variety of surfaces you travel in will make it easy for you. It’s just nice to be prepared for anything.
There are three different types of anchors: mushrooms, pivoting flukes, and plows. Mushrooms are in the smallest package but they do pack the heaviest punch of them all. Pivoting flukes are the easiest when digging into mud, grass, and sand. For areas with rocks, heavy grass, or even clay, the plow anchor may be the most secure. There are so many variations of anchors out there, doing your research will be your best bet for where you will be traveling.
To reduce the strain being put on your anchor, you need to set up gear called “rode.” This is a strand of nylon line attached to a short length of galvanized chain. The nylon rope provides a little stretch so the anchor is not always under strain. The galvanized chain is used between the line and the anchor to keep a pull on the anchor as close to parallel as possible.
We hope this information is helpful in your research to pick the right anchor for your boat and the adventures you are planning for you and your family!