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8 Tips for Safely Anchoring Your Boat

Whether you’re dropping the hook for a few hours of lounging in the sun or planning to spend the night at-anchor, having reliable equipment and a consistent process for anchoring is key to enjoying peace of mind in an anchorage. That’s why we’ve put together these eight tips for anchoring your boat safely, so you can enjoy some stress-free time on the water. 

1. Use the Proper Anchor 

There are several different types of anchors, and they all perform differently depending on the type of seabed floor they’re setting in. For example, a Danforth or fluke anchor performs better in sand or mud than it does on a seabed floor that has dense seaweed where a plow style anchor might be better. So it’s always important to know what type of conditions you’ll typically be anchoring in and to equip your boat with the best style of anchor for those conditions. In general, local expertise from professionals or fellow avid boaters in your area is the best resource for knowing what the seabed floor is like, and what types of anchors work best there.  

It’s also important to have the right size of anchor for your boat to make sure it can dig in and hold regardless of the conditions. While there are some commonly-used guidelines about anchor size – one pound of anchor per foot of boat length, for example – there really isn’t a universal formula given the different styles and technological advancements from different manufacturers. The best way to size the anchor is to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations, and to size up if in doubt. 

2. Use the Proper Anchor Rode 

Almost as important as having the proper anchor, is choosing the right anchor rode for your boat and anchoring habits. The most common form of rode is to combine some chain and some rope, with more chain being used on larger boats that anchor in deeper water and more rope for smaller boats which only anchor on day trips to the beach. In general terms, more chain is always more secure, as the weight of the chain helps the anchor set and hold at the correct angle. But obviously more chain can be more difficult to store and adds more weight to the boat. For an in-depth look at choosing the right anchor rode for your boat, continue reading here.  


3. Know the Depth of the Water and Use Enough Scope 

Besides using improper equipment for the conditions or boat, the most common cause of boaters dragging their anchor and not setting properly is due to not letting out enough of their rode, known as “scope”. The reason scope is so important has to do with the angle of the rode in relation to the seabed floor as it connects the boat and anchor. Anchors are designed to set and hold most effectively when pulled along the bottom by a force parallel to the seabed floor. Therefore, the steeper the angle between the anchor and the boat, the more likely it is that the boat bouncing in waves or a gust of wind will pull the anchor up. This is also the reason why having chain at the anchor end of the rode helps the anchor to set and hold better because the weight of the chain helps to decrease the angle of the rode in relation to the seabed.