Originally Posted by delmarrey
I just lost
an anchor w/60' of chain last August. The motor
died and had to drop anchor to keep from drifting under a bridge. Then I couldn't retrieve it. I assume it was stuck under the river trash that collected around the swing bridge.
Now it's been replaced with the same type that saved the boat (15 kg claw).
That's an excellent reason to keep an anchor ready for instant deployment. We all have our anchoring
rituals, and some require more time than others to execute. We batten things down when sailing offshore
, and we pass a bolt through the anchor shank to make sure the anchor doesn't come adrift in big seas. The bolt is drilled to accept a cotter pin to keep the bolt in place.
In this picture, the anchor is secured in position. As soon as we get near shore, we pull out the cotter pin holding the bolt in place, remove the bolt, and the anchor can be instantly deployed.