Boats are dreams for many owners who go to great lengths to acquire one. However, many do not have adequate sailing knowledge or skills that are necessary for safe handling of the boats while out in the waters or at shore. Many owners make common mistakes while anchoring, such as throwing the anchor as far away as possible or choosing the wrong spot. Getting rid of these mistakes can eliminate the possibility of incidents and accidents that do considerable damage to the boats and shatter dreams of owners. Here is a look at some of the more common errors that boat owners make when anchoring.
What Should Be Avoided When Anchoring-Common Anchoring Mistakes
Among the more common anchoring mistakes, a few have been outline below, which need to be rectified at the earliest by boat owners.
1. Incorrect Spot For Anchorage
One of the most common mistakes is choosing an incorrect spot for anchorage. There are many reasons for this – overcrowded spots and the need to quickly drop anchor. Owners in a hurry to quickly drop anchor end up choosing the wrong spot when most of the other spots are taken up. It is important to choose a location that is deep enough and one that is not packed with other boats. It is important to understand that boats are likely to sway in a particular direction and fashion with the wind or waves. Choose a spot that will put your boat out of harms’ way when the other boats begin to move as a result of this.
2. The Wrong Anchor
It is actually hard to imagine how a boat owner can get this wrong. With so much of research going into the boat, the next best thing is to ensure that the anchor is the right one. There
really should not be any tradeoffs when it comes to the anchors. Ideally boat owners should look at the new generation anchors that do a great job. This includes the following types – Hooped anchors, Concave with no Hoop, Weighted Tips and Convex. These anchors are value for money and depending on the type of boat and the weather you expect to encounter regularly, you will find it pretty useful. It is essential to stick to the right sizes of anchors when choosing one. It would always help to choose the next size as this would help keep the boat safe in all locations and unsettling weather.
3. Inadequate Rope/Length On The Anchor
The rope length is as important as the anchor itself. Without sufficient rope length the anchor will not be dragged horizontally through the floor and this will not give the traction required for the anchor to work. It is therefore necessary to clearly gauge the length before dropping anchor. The cardinal mistake that is made here is tying up the moment the anchor hits the bed. This will not give the anchor room for moving along the floor to get a grip and hold your boat in place. Give just the right amount of rope length that will permit the anchor to work. On a similar note, giving too much of rope will make your boat that much distance till it is taut. Therefore do not overdo the rope length, just keep it to as much as is necessary.
4. Piling The Rope On The Anchor
Another common mistake that needs to be avoided is laying the rope on the anchor after it hits the bottom. The moment the anchor hits the bottom, the boat needs to move so that the rope that is paid out goes beside the anchor and not atop it on a pile. Piling the rope on the anchor will cause it to get entangled and you can forget traction. It is necessary to move away and lay the rope alongside the anchor.
Anchoring a boat can be tricky for those who have not understood the basics or got over the mistakes. Eliminating the errors in anchoring is the first step to ensuring that you get a good grip and protect your boat. This also helps you when you haul the anchor up. If you have done it right then it will be easy to haul it, which again requires the right steps.