Ask any fisherman or boatie what is the correct way to anchor up and be prepared for plenty of advice. But what works for one person doesn’t always work for others in different boats. We have put together below quick tips and guidelines to follow when anchoring but remember, “practice makes perfect” and I am sure you can fine tune the guide below to suit you and your boat.
Tips and Guidelines:
- Before deciding where you want to anchor, slowly cruise around the anchoring site and check the other boats around you already at anchor, to ensure you have enough room to swing 3600
- Allow adequate room around the spot where you wish to anchor. Remember that power vessels all swing differently and boats anchored on rope swing around more than those on chain
- When approaching your anchor position slow down and keep the bow into the wind, or current, whichever is stronger until you find your exact position and as the boat almost comes to a complete stop, start to lower your anchor winch until it hits the bottom
- After lowering the anchor to the bottom, either drift back or slowly reverse while letting out a little more anchor rope (at least the same as the depth), and ensure the anchor has grabbed the bottom (holding firm)
- The amount of anchor rope and chain you let out in total should normally be between two and a half (2.5) and three (3) times the depth of water in which you are anchoring in
- Once anchored, there is no need to secure your anchor rope or chain to a bollard or cleat as your Viper anchor winch is equipped with our proprietary worm drive gear box that will hold you firmly in any weather conditions.
- Have a small buoy handy, which you can tie to the end of your anchor rope in case you have to slip your anchor. You will then be able to recover your anchor & rope later
- Always anchor your boat via the bow
- When retrieving your anchor, always start your engine first and then commencing retrieving your anchor. If you find your anchor will not budge or you trip your circuit breaker, stop retrieving and place the boat into forward gear and move slightly forward over the top of your anchor (make sure you have taken up all slack rope first) this should free your anchor off the bottom
- Continuing raising the anchor until you hear or see your chain. At this stage you are almost all the way up so start inching the anchor up by quickly depressing and releasing your anchor up button till your anchor is safely locked into your bow roller.
- Check your position frequently when at anchor to ensure you are not drifting
- Always carry a spare rope and chain in case of emergency or as a backup in case you snag reef on the bottom and need to cut yourself free.