Preparing Your Anchor
- Attach an anchor line to the anchor.
- The line can be cable, rope, or galvanized chain in any combination.
- If you are using a shackle pin to connect the anchor line and anchor, make sure the shackle pin has a locking device.
- Be sure the anchor line is strong and long enough to anchor your pleasure craft.
- Attaching galvanized chain to the anchor aids in setting the anchor by lowering the angle of the pull as the chain sinks and lies on the bottom. A chain also will help prevent abrasion of the anchor line from sand or rock on the bottom. Most anchors grip by digging into the bottom when the line is pulled horizontally. Any upward pull may break the anchor loose.
- The length of the anchor line should be five to seven times the depth of the water where you are setting anchor.
- Since an anchor can be a safety device in an emergency situation, store the anchor and its lines in an accessible area. If the engine breaks down, you may need to anchor quickly to avoid drifting aground.
You should never anchor in, or otherwise obstruct passage through, channels or areas such as launching ramps or any other high-traffic areas.