always wise to be prepared. Consider setting an anchor alarm if you have concerns. Weighing anchor The new scoop type anchors dig very deep, especially if strong winds are encountered. As a result they can be difficult to break out and often bring loads of muck up on deck with them. We donâ€™t mind as that means we are more likely to have no worries during the night. Realistically, with the scoop-type anchors, a windlass and a wash-down pump are really handy to have. To retrieve your anchor, power forward slowly as the bowperson draws in the chain or rope rode. When the rode is straight down from the bow, stop and let the boat free the anchor gently, with its motion in the waves. Do not power forward over the anchor or you may bend or break the shaft or flukes. Once an anchor is bent, it will never hold properly again. When the anchor loosens from the bottom, take up the remaining rode. If the anchor doesnâ€™t break out, power gently in reverse at minimum scope to pull it out.
Stow your anchor on deck and secure it to a cleat with a bit of rope. Never draw the rode bar taught, as that can stress the anchor tackle, especially if you have a swivel attached, causing it to break. Final words There are many useful tips that this article cannot cover in its short space. For more infor mation, visit our website www.coastalboating.net where we have posted numerous articles about anchoring or check out our book Happy Hooking the Art of Anchoring.
Amazon book link: http://geni.us/kJuE36X DARIA BLACKWELL is a USCG-licensed Captain and Rear Commodore of the Ocean Cruising Club. Originally from the US, Daria and her husband Alex now live in Ireland. They sail aboard their Bowman 57 ketch, Aleria, on which they have crossed the Atlantic three times thus far. Daria writes for sailing magazines on both sides of the Atlantic and is co-author of several books including Happy Hooking the Art of Anchoring, Cruising the Wild Atlantic Way of Ireland and Onyx the Cruising Kitty. Aleria is currently en route to the Mediterranean for the next several seasons. Her blog can be found at https://aleriasadventures.blogspot.ie/. SisterShip 70
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