In light to moderate conditions picking up the anchor is a straightforward proposition. You will generally want to use the engine just a bit to reduce windlass load.
Once you are over the anchor, if the hook is well dug in, you may want to sit for a couple of minutes with the rode straight up and down. This is usually enough to gradually break the anchor free from the sea bed.
If the anchor is really buried, you may need to use a little power ahead to trip the anchor free. When this is the case, make sure that the rode is as tight as possible before going ahead. This will reduce the angle aft on the rode, and reduce the chances of scratching the topsides
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Lets start by identifying what exactly certain boats are. Sometimes the terminology can get lost on beginners, so well look at some of the most common boats and what theyre called. These boats are exactly what the name implies. They are meant to be used for fishing. Most fishing boats are powered by outboard motors, and many also have a trolling motor mounted on the bow. Bass boats can be made of aluminium or fibreglass.