Your Performance Marine Parts Experts Never Underestimate the Value of a Trusty Anchor
Stainless Marine your performance marine parts analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding some amazing anchoring tips.
Your performance marine parts dynamos also agree with the value of having an anchor. And like them, the value of having an anchor was driven home to me the day I started my motor to get out of harbour for the first sail ever in my new (for me) Tanzer 22.
Also luckily I had an anchor ready to set. This stopped the drift and gave me time to calm down and get help.
Your high performance marine parts dynamos knows that even if you are not planning to anchor, having one all set up and ready to go is a major source of security on your boat.
Heavy or Light Anchor Style?
Your boat parts and accessories professionals know that anchors work in 2 ways, either they are massive and use their weight to keep the boat from drifting, OR as in most modern sailing yacht anchors types, they are relatively lightweight and bury themselves in the bottom to stop the boat from moving.
You can find more information as well as get assistance on boat parts and accessories and on awesome anchoring tips at Stainless Marine.
Your Performance Marine Parts Specialists Continues Anchor Class 101
Some Terms Related to Anchors and Anchoring
- -Ground Tackle: Collectively, all the rode, shackles and anchor used to anchor a boat.
- -Scope: A ratio of the length of rode to the depth of the water.
- -Up and down: An anchor chain is up and down when the boat is directly above the anchor and the chain is no longer lying on the bottom.
- -An anchor is broken off or broken out of the bottom: When it is lifted off the bottom.
- -Come home: To Drag
- -Set: To drop and position an anchor so that it holds
- -Vertical Load: The force exerted on the bow of a boat by the anchor rode.
Setting an Anchor
Your high performance marine engine parts analysts understand that setting anchors can be difficult and many factors can come into play. Make sure you know how to set your type of anchor and have sufficient and proper type of rode.
Its useful to look at the charts in order to know the kind of bottom and how deep the water is, don’t forget to add the height of the tide to your water depth calculations.
Since most anchors set after being dragged horizontally it is important to have enough chain to keep the pull horizontal. To set an anchor it is dropped to the bottom, then the boat is allowed to slowly drift or slowly powers downwind or downcurrent feeding out line.
Your performance marine experts feel that it is important to check periodically to make sure the anchor is holding and has set properly. In particular if there is a change in the current direction such as tide change, or if the wind pushes the boat around then the anchor can be dislodged.
When anchoring check that your boat can safely swing around on its rode and not ground itself or bump into other boats
So don’t forget these helpful anchoring tips that will help you gain that needed security while on the water. 1) Make sure you know how to set your type of anchor and have sufficient and proper type of rod; 2) make sure you know how deep the water is; and 3) check periodically to make sure the anchor is holding and has set properly.
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