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How to Select an Anchor for Your Boat

Learn how to select an anchor for your boat in this Howcast boating video with expert Toby Stull.


Hi, my name is Toby Stull and I'm captain with Out in the Water Sailing. We're an adventure sports sailing company, providing charters, sailing lessons, vessel training and consulting. Please visit our website at We're here today in Liberty Harbor to talk about boating.

Selecting and using the right anchorage also known as Ground Tackle, could be the difference between a good night's sleep on board and waking up every time you hear a shift in the boat. Most smaller boats, like small cursing power boats and small cruising sail boats use a lighter anchor that can easily fold called the Danfourth anchor. This anchor with adjustable flukes pitches allowing the flukes to dig into the bottom surface and hold the boat.

Larger boats like Tranquility use a plough anchor. Plough anchor is much heavier and is actually much better on surfaces like grass. Plough anchors are harder to get up however. And like Tranquility many boats were using electric motor to do so. This plough anchor is on all chain road. Road is your anchor line. That connects the boat to the anchor.

Other boats use rope as their road. When using rope, it's important to have certain amount of chain at the end to keep the anchor from pitching up as the boat pulls back. The anchor chain waits down the end of the anchor line creating that angle for the boat to pull on.

The other major consideration for anchors is size. Any good marine store can tell you the proper sized anchor for your boat.

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