Setting and Weighing Your Anchor – Strength Hacks for all Boats

Setting and Weighing Your Anchor - Strength Hacks for all Boats, Setting and Weighing Your Anchor – Strength Hacks for all Boats

Raising your anchor, or even dropping your anchor seems like it will take a lot of upper body strength. Here are some techniques to make the procedures easier on you and your crew.

  1.  Bringing the anchor up
    1.  Use windlass
    2.  Sit down, use legs for power
      1. Start slowly
      2. As boat begins to move, gets easier
    3.  Grab a partner
    4.  Lead to winch – 
      1. Use rolling hitch, pull away from tail
    5.  Pick up a mooring instead
    6. Moving water? Heavy current? Wait for slack
    7.  Anchor in shallower water
    8.  Research an ARS – anchor retrieval system
      1. Buoy, line, clip, motor forward, retrieve
  2.  Stuck anchor
    1.  Cleat up tight
    2.  Gently motor forward to break flukes loose
    3.  Fill dinghy with water on the bow
    4.  Put lots of people on the bow
  3.  Emergency anchoring
    1.  Practice in advance
    2.  Rely on gravity to assist
    3.  Lead line from windlass handle to a winch
  4. Retrieving
    1.  Use windlass
    2.  Tie/grapple on line/chain
    3.  Lead to a winch
Setting and Weighing Your Anchor - Strength Hacks for all Boats, Setting and Weighing Your Anchor – Strength Hacks for all Boats

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