Buying The Right Anchor 485

Buying The Right Anchor 485



Buying The Right Anchor
The right way to​ use an​ anchor is​ probably one of​ the
least understood areas of​ boating .​
If you are new to
boating, you may be thinking - how hard can it​ be? You
simply throw the anchor in​ the water, wait until it
hits the bottom, then tie it​ off, correct?
Anyone who is​ experienced with boating has probably
seen the types of​ problems that type of​ attitude can
cause .​
Just like everything else in​ boating, anchoring
requires the right equipment, careful thought, and a​
lot of​ practice .​

The starting point is​ selecting the right ground
tackle (the proper term for the anchor, line, chain,
shackles and swivels) for your boat and your style
of boating .​
There is​ no single anchor that will do
everything perfectly .​
Each style has its own unique
benefits and drawbacks, and each one performs best
under its given conditions.
The Danforth anchor
The Danforth anchor is​ one of​ the most popular,
being easily identified by its two long, sharp
pivoting flukes and long shank .​
The Danforth is​
also a​ great choice for small to​ medium sized boats
as well .​
The anchor is​ light and easy to​ store,
digs well into sand and mud, and releases easy when
pulled from different directions .​
The flukes on the Danforth pivot so that the shank
can be pulled at​ a​ more vertical angle .​
It's ideal
for fishing, which requires quick release and moving
around to​ different locations .​
If you fish overnight
a lot or​ travel to​ different areas of​ water you may
want to​ consider a​ different anchor, which will
hold better in​ changing conditions.
The plow anchor
The CQR, or​ plow anchor, features a​ single shaped
fluke that pivots at​ the end of​ the shank .​
This
design works well on many bottoms .​
The plow shank
pivots from side to​ side, while remaining parallel
to the fluke .​
This design also makes releasing a​
snap when the anchor is​ pulled vertically.
The Bruce anchor
This anchor was originally created for offshore gas
and drilling rigs .​
The more scaled down version
of this anchor is​ popular with boaters .​
The anchor
holds fast, yet it​ will still come loose when
pulled vertically.
Always make sure to​ select an​ anchor system that
matches the length of​ your boat, displacement, and
the windage .​
If your looking for strength, elasticity
and durability, you should use only top quality
braided nylon anchor line.
It's very important that the size and length of​
your anchor line is​ appropriate for your boat and
it's requirements .​
Small or​ medium boats should use
a section of​ galvanized steel chain between the
line and the anchor.
If you are new to​ boating, anchoring is​ something
you should become familiar with .​
As you use your
boat more, you'll pick up the proper anchoring
techniques .​
Or, if​ you prefer, you can always take
classes and learn everything you need to​ know about
anchoring from a​ qualified professional.
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