To ensure a good anchorage, it is necessary to respect some rules. The 6 steps below are essential to properly anchor your boat. They are valid for motor boats as well as sailboats.
1- Ready to get wet?
The crewmember pulls the anchor out of the anchor locker and installs it in the forceps. He lets it hang vertically from the bow without letting it drag in the water. Attention, it is at this moment that the anchor can come to bruise the gelcoat of the bow.
The boat is motionless. On the helmsman's order, the crewmember lets the chain spin to anchor at the bottom.
3- A steep one!
This time it is the crewmember who warns the helmsman that the anchor is at the bottom and that the bow is sheer (vertical) of the anchor.
4- Let go
A mooring should not be a pile of chain laid at the bottom. For it to hold well, the chain must be unrolled flat as the boat retreats. The crew member lets the chain run when the boat asks for it. If there is no wind, the helmsman can use a motor blow in reverse to help the boat back up.
5- Take a stand
The anchor must penetrate the bottom to ensure good anchorage. Whereas until then it had simply been laid on the ground, the crew member blocked the anchorage so that the boat could pull on it and the anchor could be buried.
6- Setting the chain length
Once the boat has returned to the wind's axis, the chain is allowed to scroll to adjust its length according to the depth of anchorage.