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4. Pay OUt the PrOPer ScOPe: Your
anchor holds best when the load on it is
horizontal, not vertical, so you’ll have to let
out enough scope to accomplish that. First,
add the depth of the water to the height of
the bow above the waterline. Now, multiply
that total by 5 (for a 5-to- 1 scope), and pay
out that amount of rode for a “lunch hook”
when you’ll be aboard in calm conditions. If
it’s windy, or you might go ashore for a bit,
pay out at least a 7-to- 1 scope.
If you’re anchoring in water 10 feet deep
and your bow is 5 feet above the waterline,
water depth + bow height = 15 feet, which
means that for a lunch hook you should put
out 75 feet of rode ( 15 feet x 5).
For an overnight stop, put out 105 feet
( 15 feet x 7). When you calculate scope,
don’t include the chain at the anchor end of
the rode unless there’s more than 6 feet or
so; the chain’s job is simply to weigh down
here’s a great way to figure how much anchor rode you are putting
out. Most adult arm spans are between five and six feet across, so
you can quickly pay out a 5: 1 scope by counting the same number of
arm spans of anchor rode as the water depth plus your bow height.
calculate how much
scope you need, based on
weather conditions and
how long you’re staying.
With your lunch
hook set, sit back,
relax, and enjoy