How To Anchor your Boat (ignorance is not bliss on anchor)

Here’s how to anchor you boat. We hope you are following along with our ‘Sailing Basics Guide’ . In this video we show you exactly how to anchor your boat so that you can get a good night sleep which you won’t get if there is any doubt about your vessel holding. With time you will gain confidence to go exploring the island you are on and feel comfortable leaving your vessel knowing when it is well “set”. Remember to give the video a like if you found it helpful and subscribe to see more content.

Love, Elayna and Riley.

Comments 4

  1. Great stuff guys, love your videos. Only just got onto them and have started from the beginning.

  2. this might sound like anchoring sacrilege but…
    For some boats, anchoring stern-to works well, mainly for monohulls with a narrow stern in a calmer anchorage. We did this for many years as the boat we had would wander a lot if anchored bow-to because the boat had a lot of lateral resistance underwater at the stern with the rudder but none forward. So when the wind would shift, the bow would blow away from the wind before the stern and the boat would move around a lot before settling again, which can loosen the anchor. With the anchor at the stern, the boat would settle very quickly. Also you get great airflow through the cockpit especially with a companionway dodger. And when weighing anchor, with the rode in the stern (if it’s rope with a few feet of chain, ours had about 15 ft of chain) you can break the anchor off the bottom then cleat it about 30 feet behind the boat and tow it behind for a few minutes while under power to clean it off. Works great with a danforth anchor as it will tow right along the surface at about 5 knots and wash off the muck.
    Doesn’t work well though for a lot of boats, especially those with flat sterns as any waves will slap annoyingly on the stern counter. Don’t anchor stern-to if you have a grill aft and are using it! Also, if you have only chain, not a good idea. But on muddy or sandy bottoms with a shorter chain lead and rope rode, it can be a good technique depending on the boat configuration.

  3. Congrats on the baby news ! Can’t wait to see future episodes and where
    this leads you too next. Real life seems to make its own plans. Anyway love
    everything you both put togeather !!

    Love & Happyness, Mike B. @ (

  4. Hi, guys. I love the videos. Thanks for posting this one about anchoring. I thought you covered the subject very well. I especially liked the couple’s spat as I’ve seen that one a time or two when it comes to anchoring! I work for a coral reef conservation organization in Hawaii (Maui), and a major threat to coral reefs here (and elsewhere in the World) is boats dropping anchors onto coral reefs. This damages the fragile coral polyps that make up the reef, and many folks don’t realize the corals aren’t rocks, but are alive and are a very important part of the ocean ecosystem. Maybe you could mention this in future videos on anchoring? Never drop an anchor onto a coral reef, and think about where your chain will be dragging wile you swing. It’s painful for me to see corals breaking and getting crushed by an anchor or chain dragging across them, especially when there’s a perfectly good sand patch nearby. In some places anchoring on a reef can incur a major fine too. Thanks again for the video!

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