jillR Posted June 10, 2008 Share Posted June 10, 2008 Imagine you're out, and have anchored at a fairly great depth, say 60' - 100'. Now, your windlass has gone south, or you simply don't have one, and you're faced with heaving all that rode, chain and anchor on board by hand. Take a large fender or buoy, the biggest you have, and attach a round metal ring of some sort to it. The ring must be large enough to let shackles, knots and what have you pass easily through it, but not so large that you anchor will pass through it, too Pass the anchor rode through the buoy, and throw the buoy over board. Take in the slack, break loose the anchor and heave in enough rode so that the anchor is freely suspended over the bottom. Secure the rode aft, and start driving straight ahead. Now, the buoy will provide quite a lot of resistance in the water, so the anchor rode will pass through the ring, lifting the anchor until the anchor itself hits the ring. Back off the power and haul in rode, anchor and buoy. Now you have retrieved the anchor with very little manual labor involved Or...when dropping the hook on a questionable bottom, have an extra shackle and ring at the juncture of the anchor and chain rode...reave a light line through it, doubled......when the hook sticks inkelp or whatever....attach the float to one end of the pennant, and pull it down to the hook with the other end....usually the anchor floats free, or is vertical enough to release with very little effort.... __________________ jill Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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