How to Choose the Best Anchor and Ground Tackle for your Boat
If you own a boat, you need an anchor and ground tackle (line and chain). Here's how to choose the right anchoring gear, when you go into the boating supply store.
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Posted by Justin Hoffman January 12, 2013
What Type of Boat Anchor Should I Buy?
Although this question may seem basic, there are many variables that come into play when purchasing your first anchor. Environmental conditions (such as weather and lake structure), the size of your craft and the weight of the anchor itself are all significant parts of the puzzle. Perhaps it's best to look first at how an anchor actually works.
Anchors "attach" to the bottom structure of a body of water in order to hold a boat securely. This is done in one of two ways. Firstly, the anchor can penetrate the bottom surface, creating a suction through the penetration and the weight of the material above the anchor itself, in turn creating resistance. Secondly, when dealing with hard, rocky bottoms, the anchor actually snags in order to create hold.
Out of the many roles that anchors serve, the most prevalent are securing the boat while fishing, keeping boats out of the surf or rocks or allowing the occupants to enjoy a relaxing meal on board without drifting away. (For larger craft, they are also necessary for spending the night while out on the water.) ...