How to Select an Anchor for Your Boat | Boating
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How to Select an Anchor for Your Boat | Boating

September 7, 2019

Hi, my name is Toby Stull and I’m captain
with Out in the Water Sailing. We’re an adventure sports sailing company,
providing charters, sailing lessons, vessel training and consulting. Please visit our website at We’re here today in Liberty Harbor to talk
about boating. Selecting and using the right anchorage also
known as Ground Tackle, could be the difference between a good night’s sleep on board and
waking up every time you hear a shift in the boat. Most smaller boats, like small cursing power
boats and small cruising sail boats use a lighter anchor that can easily fold called
the Danfourth anchor. This anchor with adjustable flukes pitches
allowing the flukes to dig into the bottom surface and hold the boat. Larger boats like Tranquility use a plough
anchor. Plough anchor is much heavier and is actually
much better on surfaces like grass. Plough anchors are harder to get up however. And like Tranquility many boats were using
electric motor to do so. This plough anchor is on all chain road. Road is your anchor line. That connects the boat to the anchor. Other boats use rope as their road. When using rope, it’s important to have certain
amount of chain at the end to keep the anchor from pitching up as the boat pulls back. The anchor chain waits down the end of the
anchor line creating that angle for the boat to pull on. The other major consideration for anchors
is size. Any good marine store can tell you the proper
sized anchor for your boat.

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