How to Anchor a Boat
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Anchoring is done for two principal reasons:
Anchoring can be a simple task if you follow these guidelines:
Anchoring a small boat by the stern has caused many to capsize and sink. The transom is usually squared off and has less freeboard than the bow. In a current, the force of the water can pull the stern under. The boat is also vulnerable to swamping by wave action. The weight of a motor, fuel tank or other gear in the stern increases the risk.
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Good for most boats; gets its holding power by plowing into bottom sediment.
Similar to plow-style, but is more lightweight. Also good for most boats, it gets its holding power from pointed flukes digging into bottom sediment.
Gets its holding power by sinking into bottom sediment. Should not be used for boats larger than a small canoe, rowboat or inflatable boat, since it holding power is weak. Do not depend on a mushroom anchor to hold your boat in rough water or weather.
Anchor descriptions courtesy of www.boat-ed.com
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