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Anchoring is done for two principal reasons: first, to stop for fishing, swimming, lunch or an overnight stay, and secondly, to keep a boat from running aground in bad weather or as a result of engine failure.


  • When preparing to anchor, bring the bow of the vessel into the wind or current.

  • Place the engine in neutral.

  • When the boat comes to a stop, slowly lower the anchor.

  • Do not throw the anchor over as it will tend to foul the anchor or tangle line.

  • When the anchor line has been let out, back up away from the anchor with the engine in idle reverse to help set the anchor.

  • After it is firmly set, use reference points (landmarks) in relation to the boat to be sure that the boat is not drifting.

  • Check the points frequently.

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