chain on the same gypsy. Those that can will
require that you use a rope-to-chain splice,
which is more vulnerable to chafe.
To create an effective rode, use good-quality shackles to tie the system together,
and seize the pin to prevent it from unscrewing at a bad time. But just dropping the
anchor and rode anywhere is an invitation
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
As wind speed doubles, its force quadruples,
so protection from the wind is obviously
important. But protection from wave action
is just as important as being shielded from
the wind. Finding a good spot to anchor
takes some planning. Anchor your boat like
you’d circle a parking lot in your car, looking for just the right parking space. This
approach might get you some funny looks
on the water, but that’s exactly the frame of
mind you should be in when anchoring. Not
only do you need an anchorage with good
protection; you also need a bottom into
which the anchor can dig and an area providing you with sufficient scope so you won’t
swing into other anchored boats.
Before dropping anchor in a new area,
shown in a legend box on the chart.
Once you’ve located a suitable spot, deter-
mine where the anchor should be dropped in
order for the boat to end up where you want
it. One way to estimate swing room is to
think of your rode in easy-to-picture sizes, ILL
WIND SHIFTWIND SHIFT
1 The different lengths of the all-chain rode on the white sailboat on
the left and the longer nylon rode on the nearby tan powerboat will
result in the boats overlapping, and BUMPING, when the wind shifts.
2 The boat approaching the anchorage should have anchored near a
boat with a rode of a similar length. 3 Or it should have anchored at
least a boat length behind and off the other boat’s quarter.
check your chart to make sure that the bottom offers something your anchor can grab.
Most charts have abbreviations that identify
the type of bottom; if the chart says the bottom is “hrd,” your mud anchor may not set.
The meanings of the abbreviations are usually
Anchoring inside another
boat’s swing radius will
create a conflict when
the wind shifts.