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3 Simple Tips To Properly Anchoring Your Small Boat

In a larger water vessel, anchoring is a big deal, but smaller boats can definitely be further affected by changes in wind and waves; therefore, it is more important that you anchor your small boat properly. Many boaters see anchoring as a simple process of just tossing a weighted object over the hull of the boat to hold steady. However, anchoring a boat, especially a small boat, should take a little more consideration. Here is a quick look at a few simple tips you should be using to help you ensure your small boat is anchored the right way when you go out on the water. 

1. Anchor in the right areas. Anchoring in areas where the floor beneath you is dense rock will be least likely to encourage stable anchoring. There will be nothing for the anchor itself to push against on a flat rock surface to maintain leverage. Try to move away from stone embankments enough that you are fairly certain the anchor can find a good resting position, such as in loose rocky areas or stable dirt. Likewise, super-soft sand will not give you a stable anchor because it will allow the heavy anchor to shift right through the lightweight, loose material. 

2. Take your movement radius into consideration. It is highly unlikely that a vessel afloat on any body of water will remain perfectly steady without shifting or turning. Because of this, you need to make sure that where you anchor allows your boat ample space to turn in the water without bumping against other boats, rock walls, or docks. Think of the length of your boat as the hands of a clock and consider how much space those hands will need to move in a complete circle around a central point, which is your anchor. 

3. Make sure your anchor line is ready to drop. There is a good reason why frequent boaters will spend just as much on a quality rope or chain for their anchoring system as they will the anchor itself. Quality ropes and chains are less likely to tangle when they are dropped from the vessel, even though the anchor is dropping at a high rate of speed, which means the holding line or chain must be free-moving. Before you drop the anchor after determining your position, take a quick peek at your line or chain to ensure it is ready to flow out freely.