An­chors aweigh

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STRONG Tides, wind di­rec­tion against the cur­rent and lively seas can present a raft of an­chor­ing prob­lems.

Ground tackle has to be spot-on, oth­er­wise an­chors will slip, caus­ing chaos and frus­tra­tion.

This is a com­mon prob­lem where it is nec­es­sary to an­chor in sand so craft lay back to­wards or over wrecks and other bot­tom struc­tures.

In this sce­nario, SARCA an­chors excel and are su­pe­rior to grap­nel or fluked pat­terns.

The in­verted blade toe is specif­i­cally de­signed to pen­e­trate the sand. The an­chor has no prongs, which can foul rope. When this hap­pens, an an­chor will drag un­der pres­sure.

A semi-cir­cu­lar ring above the blade elim­i­nates this tan­gling prob­lem and those caused by wind and tide changes when a craft swings 180 de­grees at an­chor. The ring also acts as a sel­f­right­ing sys­tem. Ground tackle must be set up cor­rectly with any type of an­chor.

The uni­ver­sal rule is to use a sec­tion of longlink gal­vanised chain at least three-fifths of the craft’s length. Pay out a 3:1 rope length to depth ra­tio in calm, wind­less con­di­tions. In rougher seas, this might need to be in­creased be­yond 5:1.


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