Dec 5, 2019

Safe AnchoringYears ago anchor weight was the only criteria. In today's world anchor design and construction metals is important and  allow for lighter, stronger anchors with, in some cases, even greater key holding power, as found in US Navy testing.

These proven, in global testing, lighter anchors make it safer and easier for many in the crew to be able to heft and deploy the anchors.

Your Boat size, beam and windage, location, scope and bottom conditions are key factures in your anchor sizing. We'll cover each of these in this article.

Anchor selection

Your "Lunch Hook" should be able to hold your boat in a 15 Knot breeze.

"Main Anchor" up to 30 Knots wind

"Storm Anchor" Up to 42 Knots  wind

Example: A 30 ft boat with standard windage.

Wind speed  Knots   Holding Power Lbs    High Beam/Windage           
15  K                                       175  Lb                                  225  Lb
30                                              700                                      900
42                                              1400                                  1800
60                                               2800                                  3600

So remember this: As wind speeds double: holding power required quadruples!

Adequate Scope;

Normal anchoring, use at least 5:1 scope (length of anchor line relative  to water depth under the hull.)

10:1 scope will up to double your holding power.

Anchor Setting

Deploy  your anchor and back down VERY slowly to allow anchor to set. As the anchor begins to set VERY slowly increase the load with your engine to allow anchor to set . Always, in changing tide or winds; set two anchors off the bow in opposite directions

Anchor Retrieving 

Position the boat as you retrieve the line slowly, over the anchor. Snub line on cleat and slowly back up to pull the anchor free.
Anchor Rode

You can use a short length of chain 6Ft and 3 strand nylon line to help reduce shock loads on the anchor. The chain protects the line from sea bottom chafe and helps  in setting the anchor.

In 25 ft water or less use 6 Ft chain.  Add 6ft for every 25 ft  of depth thereafter i.e. 100 ft water depth needs 24ft of chain.

Soft Mud Bottoms

Mud can REDUCE your anchor holding power by up to 85%.

Tip: If having problems setting your anchor in mud; Shorten the scope to 2:1 ratio then increase to 5:1 and power set the anchor. 

Alternative: Consider an adjustable High-Tensile aluminum-magnesium, stronger than steel, Fortress Anchor with unique, one of a kind patented 45 degree mud setting with mud palms as standard. The adjustable Fortress Anchor 45 degree mud setting can increase holding power in mud by as much as 400%.

Following some of the above anchoring standard basics could assist to help have a successful outing or save your boat.

A 21 lb (10 kg) Fortress model FX-37 was tested against ten competitive and much heavier steel anchors. Review the results here.

Fortress Anchors "The World's Best AnchorTM" has been a dedicated partner of CPS-ECP for over a decade. Fortress, through Bill Milne  Alex Milne Associates, presents the unique "Fortress Signature FX 11 Anchors (up to 32 ft) at our annual National Conferences to a hard working, disserving, training officer selected in each region. and

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Drain LocationSometimes life gets in the way of boating. A summer wedding, family get-together, or (heaven forbid) work forces you to cancel a weekend on the water.

As summer turns to fall, the excuses tend to get easier. Boat priorities tend to fall further and further down the to-do list. Before you know it, it’s the second week of November, and the first frost (or freeze) of the season has come and gone. But, because boating priorities became less important, you forgot to get your boat winterized.

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July and August arrived, and it has certainly warmed up, in fact, its too warm, AND we don’t have wind. We are now counting 5 Wednesday nights in a row without wind to race. 

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Sitting at the intersection of three world-class Canadian bodies of water, Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal (Cataraqui River from Kingston to Newboro), the water’s influence is deeply woven into Kingston’s culture and history. 

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