Jerry, hopefully the idea of paying out rode
slowly and drifting down on your anchor
to proper scope
in normal conditions makes sense. Try to visualize the anchor
going straight down and keep the rode
just taught enough to keep from fouling the anchor, until 5x or so is paid out and snug it up. Pretty straightforward.
What can confound you is when wind
is against current
, if your boat has a substantial underbody. Sometimes the boat will turn and lie to the rode backwards, cleated at the bow. Maybe even get fouled on your keel
Most of the time you will do the classic drop and drift, but be aware that sometimes it is not so simple. In these situations you do not have the ideal anchor IMHO. On a smaller boat, a hunk of plow w some chain will at least give you some more deadweight to drift around if you botch it, then likely set once conditions apply sufficient force in one direction.
There are some anchor alarm
apps for smart phones and some GPS
units have them as well.
If you find yourself anchoring
out more, consider one of the various flavors of plow type anchors, as others have suggested, with maybe 25' of chain, and keep the fortress
as a second.