Re: [OMC-Boats] Lets talk about anchoring...

From: Justin DeSantis <duc1098desmo@...>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 23:53:21 -0400

The book I have here says 7 to 1 is acceptable. 10 to 1 is ideal. But
it sounds more like a depends on the situation thing rather than a
hard and fast rule. I have 2 danforth style anchors. A smaller custom
made stainless one and a larger galvanized one. Not sure what other
styles to keep on board. I anchor in anything from sand to boulders.

On Thu, Sep 3, 2009 at 11:19 PM, ANDY PERAKES<aperakes@...> wrote:
> I've not heard the 10:1 rule. I've heard more about having the right anchor
> for the bottom type and getting the right angle of pull for the anchor
> type -- and you have to be especially careful on steep shorelines because
> the aspect ratio pulling up hill will be dramatically different than pulling
> down hill. I go by different rules depending on the circumstance. If I'm
> with the boat and don't mind a little drift, I just feed out until it seems
> to hold about right. If I'm running up for lunch or leaving the boat for
> short (1-2 hours) periods, I'm more careful. I've only left the boat out
> overnight once and I'll probably not do it again because I didn't sleep well
> worrying about it! (It meant I had to leave the windows open on a hot night
> so I could listen for any wind picking up...instead of sleeping in air
> conditioned comfort.) I should also add that I anchor almost exclusively in
> loose sand where it is nearly impossible to get a guaranteed anchor bite.
> If everything works out perfect, the anchor will "borrow" deep into the
> sand, but it is very difficult and almost never works out perfect, thus my
> reluctance to leave the boat unattended for long (we're lake front so
> its pretty easy for me to keep an eye on it from the house). Boat US has
> done a several articles on anchoring recently. I did a search for
> "anchoring tips" on their website ( and got a mess of
> good hits. Most of their articles are geared more towards ocean usage and
> surviving a huricane, but there is a lot of good general knowledge to learn
> there too.
> Andy
> PS Congrats on getting her running. Sounds like things are going great!
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Justin DeSantis" <duc1098desmo@...>
> To: "Evinrude & Johnson Boats of the 1960's and 70's"
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> Sent: Thursday, September 3, 2009 9:41:38 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
> Subject: [OMC-Boats] Lets talk about anchoring...
> Ok, this isn't Johnson specific, but it is boat related, so I hope
> it's ok to discuss. When I was younger, I didn't pay attention to how
> things were supposed to be done. I just took my boat to the river and
> played. If I wanted to anchor, I'd drop my anchor and when it hit the
> bottom, I'd tie off. Now, I've read the "proper" way to anchor, and I
> have to say, it doesn't seem practical. If I understand it correctly,
> I drop anchor, then allow 10 times more slack than the depth of the
> water? So if I drop anchor in say 20 feet of water, I need to have 200
> feet of anchor line? That seems like a lot of excess for me to drift
> on. I get the idea behind it, to keep the anchor line as horizontal as
> possible, but it seems like it would allow me to drift quite a bit on
> anchor. Not to mention how much line I have to keep on the boat. If I
> want to anchor in 50 feet, I need 500 feet of line on board? And if I
> want to use 2 anchors in 50 feet, I need 1000 feet of line? I'd need
> to tow a row boat behind me just to keep my anchor line in. So what's
> the deal with anchoring?
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