Things you should know

The type of anchor you need depends on where you're anchoring your boat.

♦ Danforth® anchors work best in clay, sand and mud.

♦ Kedge anchors are the best type to use in weeds or grass.

♦ Grapnel anchors work best on a rocky bottom.

♦ Mushroom anchors give a temporary hold in sand or firm mud.

♦ An anchor rode is a line, cable and/or chain. The chain helps keep the anchor parallel to the bottom so it can "dig in." Any vertical movement of the boat from wave action is "absorbed" by the rope and chain, leaving the anchor intact.

♦ Nylon makes a good anchor line because it stretches and acts like a shock absorber during strong current, wind, or wave action.

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