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Boat Anchoring Gear

  • We like to sleep at night, so we over did our anchoring setup a bit. Check out our Boat specs website for more details. We changed our anchor snubber to move the stretch outboard the deck chocks (large 3-Strand spliced to smaller outboard).


  • Part of the problem with using hi-test chain is getting shackles to match, Crosby shackles can be purchased which match the load rating, do NOT skimp on shackles or else you are putting your boat at risk.DSCF4436.jpg (58546 bytes)


  • Make sure you have a good way to flake the chain as you bring it in. I know people who have to run down below, stick their hand through a small hole and swat the chain around. This could be VERY dangerous if you needed to get out of an anchorage in a hurry. (Billabong's flexible hawse pipe shown).


  • Have a way to take the load off the chain at all times. We actually set our hook using a small on deck snubber (goes around the cleat but not over the bow). After the hook is set (I check actually feel the chain), then I add the bridle setup, adding additional scope. The on deck snubber can also be used to unload the windlass when you are adding backup rode etc. We use a bridle for standard anchoring and a single snubber in tidal situations (to prevent wrap).


  • Stainless Quick links (a link with a threaded connection) that fit through 3/8 hi-test chain are load rated at a SWL of 5000lbs which is better than most shackles and makes it easy to add backup rode to your primary anchor.


  • Make sure you have a chafe free way of rigging your snubber, test it under some good swell and make sure you have plenty of backup chafe gear.
     
  • Small radios don't work clearly if there is any wind, instead try:
     
    • Hand signals for anchoring during day (slow, neutral, + reverse)
    • Light signals for hauling anchor at night (red neutral, white reverse)
    • Light signals for motoring to relieve strain on anchor bridal (red less, white more)

    A red/white two in one flashlight makes the conversion from red/white easy.

  • Best Marine Imports has some good chain claws, anchor swivels, and an add-an-anchor kit which looks rather interesting.

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