Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

How to Properly Anchor Your Boat

May 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 226

We lived on our sailboat Shadowtime for eight years in the Caribbean.

Observing other boats go through what we called anchor drill said a lot about their sailing skills.

When done properly anchoring is a simple drill... no yelling is necessary, it takes a very short period of time, and resetting the anchor is almost never required.

You always anchor with your boat going very slowly directly into the wind.. if the anchorage is unfamiliar the chart should be consulted first for what depth of water to expect.

If your boat draws say 6 feet of water you should look to anchor in 12 feet or water or less.

A cruising sailor will almost always have his primary anchor... usually a plow type, like a CQR brand, on 200 feet of chain. The heavier the anchor, we had a 35 pounder, the less likely the anchor would come loose and require resetting... we had friends with a 45 pound CQR, they referred to as their sleeping pill.

When anchoring, in 12 feet water, the rule of thumb is to have eight times the depth of water in chain deployed, in this case 96 feet of chain. The more chain you have lying flat on the bottom the less chance the anchor will break free.

The competent sailor, on the bow will ask for the depth of the water by using a hand signal... one finger pointing down... the person on the wheel reads the depth gauge and reports the depth...this is the only voice communication required when anchoring, the rest is simple hand signals.

Once the proper depth has been selected another hand signal is given to put the boat in neutral... the anchor is then dropped, the proper amount of chain is deployed, and you wait for 30 seconds or so to let the wind move the boat to where the anchor chain starts to become taut.

At this point another hand signal is given to put the boat in reverse... as the anchor chain becomes taut and straightens out... the anchorer will signal for the boat to be put in neutral... the boat slightly springing forward is an indication that the anchor is set.

If you are confident that the anchor is set, you attach the "snubber"...a snubber is 8 to 10 feet of line with a hook appropriately sized for the size of chain that you have... usually 3/8 or one half-inch.

You lean over the bow and attach the snubber to the deployed anchor chain, putting some slack in the chain between the snubber and where you tie the snubber off to a cleat on the boat.

The snubber acts as a shock absorber... chains don't give much... and reduces the sound of the anchor chain to a minimum... you'll know quickly if the snubber falls off due to the noise of the anchor chain.

Learning how to properly set your anchor is a skill all successful cruising sailors possess... if you do it right the first time... you'll never have to do anchor drill at 2 AM.

Proper anchoring will set you apart from the rookies and help guarantee a good nights sleep on board.

Live the Dream.

Get your copy of Live the on a sailboat in the Caribbean... It will show you step-by-step, how two non-sailor's, enjoyed life for eight wonderful fun and safe years living on their own boat in the Caribbean... If we can do it you can do it.

Gary Pierce is the webmaster of he retired early at 49, he is still retired at 66.

He has experienced some of the retirement realities that baby boomers are facing.He can show you how to make lemonade from the lemons the baby boomer generation has been dealt. It is 2012 and many are wondering if they can ever can still retire. Don't give up until you check out this website.

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article

Article Tags:

Anchor Chain


Properly Anchor


Anchor Drill


Sailboat Cruising


Cruising Sailboat



Mauritius is one of the most ideal family vacation spots in the world.Mauritius is one of the most ideal family vacation spots in the world. Travel agencies have experienced a significant rise in the

By: Manya Singh l Travel & Leisure > Destination Tips l April 03, 2013 lViews: 589

India is a treasure trove of countless holiday destinations each of which is an enigma in itself. One such superb place is called Manali, a hill station in the heart of Himachal Pradesh. No one has

By: Manya Singh l Travel & Leisure > Destination Tips l April 03, 2013 lViews: 604

Vacation is an event many families look forward to biannually or annually, but some individuals take frequent vacations, depending on their work ethics. The common problem many vacationers face is

By: jhon ford l Travel & Leisure > Destination Tips l December 30, 2012 lViews: 602

Luxury family holidays are always the anticipated occasion in households. This is especially true when their destination is the one that they have longed been dreaming of visiting. Incidentally,

By: willsmith10 l Travel & Leisure > Hotels Accommodations l December 28, 2012 lViews: 647

Not all the thoughts belong to same world all the time. They are dominated by different colours, different acts and fascinations. Overworked brain start imagining things that it wanted to do even if

By: willsmith10 l Travel & Leisure > Travel Planning l December 18, 2012 lViews: 261

Christmas is fast approaching and also it is an excellent excuse to plan a holiday trip with your family to stay away from the frenetic work. If you are scouting for a great vacation destination

By: willsmith10 l Travel & Leisure > Destination Tips l December 16, 2012 lViews: 262

The old port of Marmaris in Turkey has seen some intensive development in last years that has turned it into a coveted yacht charter destination for sailors looking for a trip in the Eastern

By: Dragos Rusul Travel & Leisure > Sailingl June 13, 2012 lViews: 200

One of the oldest inhabited places in the Mediterranean, the old island of Sicily has still plenty to offer to tourists. This ancient place keeps revealing parts of its flavor and appeal to those to

By: Dragos Rusul Travel & Leisure > Sailingl June 12, 2012 lViews: 213

Biograd is one of those places you have to see to believe. It's an old but lovely port city that reveals all the Croatian flavors and traditions to the intrepid sailing enthusiast, especially since

By: Dragos Rusul Travel & Leisure > Sailingl June 12, 2012 lViews: 192

Learn to sail faster and easier when you understand sailboat rigging terms used today in sailing. Sailing terms might seem a bit daunting, but learn these select few and you will be on your way to

By: John N. Jamiesonl Travel & Leisure > Sailingl June 11, 2012 lViews: 202

Corfu is special among the myriad of Greek islands that pop up all over the Aegean and Ionian Seas because of its position, its long history and its vivid cultural life. This makes it a great

By: Dragos Rusul Travel & Leisure > Sailingl June 11, 2012 lViews: 192

Kalamaki has one of the largest marinas in Greece which makes it the perfect place for a yacht charter holiday along the mainland coast or heading out towards the one of the many islands and since

By: Dragos Rusul Travel & Leisure > Sailingl June 11, 2012 lViews: 240

The benefits of living on a sailboat include a low carbon footprint and the minimal consumption of natural resources. Living on a sailboat is living off the grid in a floating home... Your energy

By: Gary Piercel Real Estate > Green Real Estatel June 01, 2012 lViews: 171

The challenges of living on a sailboat can be minimized if the occupants are patient and put safety first. The rewards of living on a sailboat are too numerous to mention... We lived on a sailboat in

By: Gary Piercel Travel & Leisure > Sailingl June 01, 2012 lViews: 165

When I first set foot on a sailboat I did not realize that a sailboat was actually a floating recreational vehicle...a fully self-contained and self sufficient home that happens to float. The idea of

By: Gary Piercel Home & Family > Baby Boomerl June 01, 2012 lViews: 191

Frugal living aboard a sailboat, is a side benefit of this fun and exciting lifestyle. Stop and think about it... When you anchor which is free, you have eliminated your housing budget. With a wind

By: Gary Piercel Travel & Leisure > Sailingl May 30, 2012 lViews: 230

How to name your sailboat is different for each person... it can reflect a lady's name, your profession, be clever... it all depends on you. We lived on a sailboat for eight years and we saw many

By: Gary Piercel Travel & Leisure > Sailingl May 29, 2012 lViews: 202

Ever dream of leaving the rat race behind... Exchanging commuting and a boring job for life on a sailboat. Such a drastic lifestyle change is not as far-fetched as you think it might be... We did

By: Gary Piercel Travel & Leisure > Sailingl May 26, 2012 lViews: 166

Discuss this Article

comments powered by Disqus