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.