In this 3 minute video, learn how to anchor your boat, brought to you by "The Boating Guy" from Discover Boating. ... read more
Hello, I'm Keith the boating guy. Now, given that I'm the boating guy, what I'm about to say to you may surprise you. But, here it goes. Anchoring your boat can be almost as much fun as cruising. OK, let me explain. It's true that few activities can compare with being out in the water, zipping along, enjoying the sunshine, watching the waves. You get the idea. But lets say you stopped to go swimming or fishing, relax, or just hang out in a quiet cove with your friends or family. Now, that's when anchoring can be fun! The truth is: the ability to anchor your boat securely is a necessary boating skill. Anchoring can help you control your boat in bad weather or, Keep you boat secure when the engine boat has quit, or the wind and current are pushing you around or towards shore. Anchors are made to burro into the bottom. And, if an anchor is set right, the more your boat pulls on the anchor, the harder the anchor digs into the bottom. Choosing the right anchor has more to do with whats under the water than the type of boat that you have. For instance, some work best in sandy bottoms, where others are made for grassy or muddy river beds. Lets take a look at some popular anchors and see where to use them.
Pivoting steel Fluke Anchors: are made to work in mud and sand. They are perhaps the most common of all anchors available. The Pivoting Steel Fluke Anchor has two steel points that pivot and dig into the bottom.
Plow and Claw Anchors: This type is similar to Pivoting Steel Fluke Anchors, except the pointy part is actually stationary. These are good for holding your boat in rocks and weeds, and even sand also.
Grappling Anchors: they look like a big grappling hook. They are used with small boats when the water conditions are very mild.
Mushroom Anchors: They don't have a lot of holding power and they are generally used on skiffs, canoes, and inflatable boats.
And lastly, we have our
Land and Shoreline Anchors: They're used when we want to secure a boat to a beach.
Of course, to talk about anchoring, we need to know the lingo. The anchor road is the line- line being the nautical term for rope that attaches the anchor to the boat. Now scope is the term for the amount of road you have when you are actually anchoring. An anchor road is made up of a long of length of line. I recommend nylon. It's strong. It stretches under load and it lasts for a long time. It should have several feet of chain, a couple a shackles to fasten the line, the chain, and the anchor all together. How do you know how much road to you need? Well, it's simple math. A good rule of thumb is to have the anchor road 5 to 8 times the depth of the water. Use a 5 to 1 scope for daytime anchoring and an 8 to 1 scope when anchoring at night. Here's an example to make it easier. Say you're in 10 foot of water and you want an anchor line. Well you need your line to be between 50 to 80 foot- the 5 to 1 or 8 to 1 road. Now what if your in 50 foot water? You would need an anchor line of 250 feet or 400 feet- there is your 5 to 1 and 8 to 1 road. Well, it's much easier than you think. When you get out in the water, you'll try it and will do fine. Hope to see you out there. Good luck and safe boating. read less