Emergency Anchoring Checklist for With and Without an Operational Windlass

Emergency Anchoring Checklist for With and Without an Operational Windlass, Emergency Anchoring Checklist for With and Without an Operational Windlass
Emergency Anchoring Checklist for With and Without an Operational Windlass, Emergency Anchoring Checklist for With and Without an Operational Windlass

Emergency Anchoring With Operational Windlass Checklist

  • Hand over helm to another crew or set autopilot
  • Assign someone to announce situation on VHF and keep watch
  • Have sound producing device ready for emergency signals
  • Dash forward
  • Open anchor locker
  • Latch anchor locker open
  • Remove safety line
  • Grab windlass control
  • Push/step on “down” for a couple seconds – enough to release six inches of chain
  • Stop, lift inboard end of anchor stock to shift weight forward to tilt
  • Push/step on “down” long enough to let out double your depth in chain
  • Pause for boat to drift backward and set anchor / stretch out rode
  • Let out more chain/line to preferred scope for the depth / item to leeward
  • Monitor holding
  • Continue VHF communication
Emergency Anchoring Checklist for With and Without an Operational Windlass, Emergency Anchoring Checklist for With and Without an Operational Windlass

Emergency Anchoring Without Operational Windlass Checklist

  • Hand over helm to another crew or set autopilot
  • Assign someone to announce situation on VHF
  • Grab winch handle if one is not staged in the anchor locker
  • Dash forward
  • Open anchor locker
  • Latch anchor locker open
  • Remove safety line
  • Grab winch handle
  • Loosen inner brake drum
  • Loosen outer tension drum
  • Release six inches of chain
  • Stop, lift inboard end of anchor stock to shift weight forward to tilt
  • Let out double your depth in chain
  • Pause for boat to drift backward and set anchor / stretch out rode
  • Let out more chain/line to preferred scope for the depth / item to leeward
  • Monitor holding
  • Continue VHF communication
Emergency Anchoring Checklist for With and Without an Operational Windlass, Emergency Anchoring Checklist for With and Without an Operational Windlass

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