Passage Maker - - Contents - BY STEVE ZIM­MER­MAN

An­chor Plat­form Steve Zim­mer­man

This an­chor setup highlights a num­ber of best prac­tices. With two an­chors and two wind­lasses this Flem­ing has re­dun­dancy and the abil­ity to set two an­chors if the sit­u­a­tion calls for it. In ad­di­tion, the boat has been out­fit­ted with two dif­fer­ent styles of an­chor, giv­ing some op­tions for dif­fer­ent bot­tom con­di­tions.

The use of an­chor swivels re­mains con­tro­ver­sial. Pro­po­nents claim that swivels re­duce the like­li­hood of the chain foul­ing around the an­chor as the boat swings with wind or cur­rent. They also note that swivels help align the an­chor as it pulls into place on the bow roller. Oth­ers ar­gue that swivels are not nec­es­sary and cre­ate a link weaker than the chain, putting the ground tackle at risk when you need it most.

If you are go­ing to use a swivel, then it pays to pur­chase the high­est qual­ity avail­able. Both of the swivels shown meet high stan­dards of de­sign and man­u­fac­tur­ing.

In­ad­ver­tently drop­ping an an­chor while un­der­way can be a dis­as­ter. The port an­chor is ready to be de­ployed, but the star­board an­chor has been se­cured with a chain hook and turn­buckle. This de­vice re­moves any slack so that the ten­sion holds the an­chor se­curely in place, even when bash­ing into head seas.

The stain­less chafe plates will pro­tect the deck. Some would add a sac­ri­fi­cial length of syn­thetic ma­te­rial to pro­tect the chain and the stain­less from wear.

Below in the chain locker, each length of chain has been se­cured to a bulk­head with a length of rope. The rope must be long enough to reach on deck if all of the chain is re­leased. In an emer­gency (for ex­am­ple, the an­chor is fouled on rocks and you are un­able to re­trieve it), you will want to be able to dump all of the chain and then cut the rope on deck to free the boat from the an­chor.

We of­ten col­lo­qui­ally re­fer to the “weak­est link,” but when it comes to ground tackle that ex­pres­sion be­comes a life-sav­ing state­ment of fact—all the more rea­son to make sure you have the “Right Stuff.”


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