Anchoring with Assurance: Don't Get Carried Away
Anchoring with Assurance is offered as a seminar and as part of the Boat Handling course.
Anchoring is the skill of securing your vessel to the bottom through the use of a line, chain, and one or more anchors. Whether it's for fishing, swimming, a lunch break, or an overnight stop, one of the real pleasures in boating is "hanging on the hook" in some quiet spot. Emergencies such as loss of power, equipment breakdown or failure, or weather hazard may also require that your boat be anchored for a time.
Good seamanship demands that all boaters know how to anchor safely. Our anchoring topics begin with how to select an anchorage and how to anchor depending on conditions. After learning how anchors should be used, you will know if yours are satisfactory or - if you don't already have the equipment - what kind(s) to buy. The seminar covers useful anchoring tips and tricks and concludes by discussing how to moor and raft safely. Also included is how to use and tie the two knots most often used when anchoring: the anchor bend and the figure-eight knot.
Ask your local squadron about on-the-water coaching to help you practice your skills with assurance, so you don't get carried away.