You can reduce the scope
required for safety
by using an angel or kellet. I have never had one drag, but then I use oversize anchors and heavy short link chain as well. I put the kellet on its chain about half to one third of the scope
FROM THE BOAT
, so the kellet is never set at less than half of the scope from the anchor
, but that is just me.
Other set theirs closer to the anchor
, but never closer than one third of the scope. The chain to the kellet being lighter than the anchor chain, I use a shackle to fasten it with a lanyard and loop tied to the thing so that when it emerges as the anchor chain is retrieved, the kellet comes clear of the water
and in reach of a boat
hook before the anchor is pulled from the sea bed
. A kettle weight is cheap
to buy and makes an excellent kellet easily hooked.