sure you pass the rode outside the stanchions and under the bow rail before heading to the back of the boat. Keep the other
end of the rode attached to the boat.
2. You’ll want to set your anchor with
enough scope to hold, but not so much that
the boat swings into very shallow water. It
may take a few tries to find the sweet spot at
a particular beach.
3. With the engine in neutral, have a crew
member lower the anchor over the side at
the stern. When it has touched bottom,
motor extremely slowly toward the beach
as your crew pays the anchor rode out carefully, keeping it away from the prop(s). (See
4. Continue very slowly into shore as you
would normally, cutting the engine and trimming up in plenty of time before the bow
nuzzles gently into the sand, where you’ll
stay temporarily. (See Figure 2.)
5. Unload your crew and gear over the bow.
This includes a second stern anchor or sand
spike for the beach and line. After securing
that second line to an aft cleat, have a crew
member walk that second anchor (or spike)
toward the beach and set it securely.
6. With your crew ashore and the engine(s)
remaining trimmed up, pull the boat back
into deeper water using the bow anchor
rode until you’re satisfied that the stern is
well clear of the bottom. (It may help to
get a little shove off the sand from someone
ashore.) If using a stern anchor, be sure the
line is flaked out to run free. (See Figure 3.)
7. When you’re a short distance off the
beach, snub off your anchor rode at the
bow, and pull your stern line so that you get
enough tension to hold the boat in place. I
like the water to be at least waist deep at the
stern. That way, when I put out the boarding
ladder, I don’t have to worry about it strik-
ing bottom if a big wake comes ashore. (See
8. When it’s time to leave, go out to the
boat, climb aboard, pay out a little more
scope on the bow anchor rode, pull in some
of the stern anchor rode, then have the rest
of your crew wade out to the boat and climb
aboard. One of your crew can pick up the
stern anchor or spike. Next, bring all the
stern rode back into the boat and make
sure it’s coiled and secured in the cockpit.
Don’t forget to pull up the boarding ladder.
Then, with your bow anchor rode, pull the
boat back to deeper water until it’s safe to
lower your engines and fire them up. With
the engines in neutral or in idle forward, if
needed, pull in the rode and bow anchor,
and you’re away.
Michael Vatalaro is executive editor of BoatU.S.
Magazine. He has a Pursuit center console
(left), which he uses in the Chesapeake Bay.
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