Room to Set and Swing

Ideally, you will have room to swing 360-degrees if the wind shifts. In addition, consider the distance the anchor may drag before it sets.

If you have a soft ooze on top and hard mud underneath, it may take four to five times the water depth with seven-to-one scope before the hook really digs in, depending on your anchor type.

Burying anchors take longer to get a good bite, while a Danforth will dig in immediately. As we related in the Raiatea story (page 384), in tropical waters you'll sometimes drag the hook for a long distance before it will find a sandy spot to dig in, unless you find a clear spot from the surface first.

Even if we plan to anchor on short scope eventually, we initially set our hooks on longer scope. The flat angle makes it easier for the anchor flukes to dig in.

Unless the anchor and bottom are ideally matched to each other, the anchor will drag a bit ("D" in the drawing above) on the bottom before it digs in. When deciding on where to initially drop the hook, allow for this fact. Note that the more scope used, the quicker the anchor will dig in. Also, setting it gently under power, then gradually increasing rpms as the anchor digs, in will reduce the distance of the initial dragging.

Unless the anchor and bottom are ideally matched to each other, the anchor will drag a bit ("D" in the drawing above) on the bottom before it digs in. When deciding on where to initially drop the hook, allow for this fact. Note that the more scope used, the quicker the anchor will dig in. Also, setting it gently under power, then gradually increasing rpms as the anchor digs, in will reduce the distance of the initial dragging.

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