Anchoring is arguably one of the most important aspects of good seamanship. Big boat or small, Manson recognises the importance of having the right anchor for the right boat. We've spent years building, testing and optimising anchors for the strongest possible hold in all conditions.

It is important to us that you get the most from your anchor, hence we have provided a few guidelines that will ensure that your anchor is set correctly and that you are confident in your ability to secure your boat in all conditions. 

Before You Leave The Dock

Before you leave the dock, there are a few important things to consider.

  • It is vital that the anchor weight, chain length and warp (length of rope after chain) are appropriate for your boat length and weight
  • When determining how much anchor rode (chain and warp length) you will need, you should consider what scope you might require at your selected anchorage. It is generally recommended you anchor using a scope of 7:1, meaning that for every metre of water depth, you should use 7 metres of anchor rode

Other factors to consider when deciding on your anchor set-up are displacement, beam, vessel windage and the boats usage. If you are at all concerned about your anchor set-up, please get in touch and we would be happy to advise you as to what is appropriate for your vessel. Alternatively, our Anchor Selector will help you to decide which Manson anchor would best suit your vessel. 

Setting The Anchor

Once you arrive at your anchorage, the following points must be considered before and during the anchoring process. 

  • Always anchor your boat from the bow - most of the boats weight often resides here - this could result in swamping or flooding
  • Use your chart to confirm the seabed characteristics to ensure you are anchoring in a safe and allowable place 
  • If there are rocks, shoals, reefs, or other boats in the area - give them all a wide berth, bearing in mind that your boat could swing 360 degrees on the anchor during wind shifts or current changes 

Once you are ready to release your anchor:

  • Secure the bitter-end of the anchor rode to bow cleat
  • Ensure that when released, the anchor will be able to run free
  • Release the anchor with your bow into the wind
  • Once the anchor has reached the seabed - begin to reverse the boat slowly - as the boat starts to make sternway, ease the anchor rode out to the desired length
  • Once you have reached that desired length, place the boat in neutral and pull on the anchor to ensure it is set firmly
  • When you are set and comfortably anchored, secure the anchor

Even if anchoring only in designated anchoring areas, it is always prudent to have the appropriate signal to notify other boats that you are anchored. During the day, you must display a ball shape which is sized according to the size of your boat. At night, you must display a white light visible from all directions.

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