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

From: ANDY PERAKES <aperakes@...>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2009 10:30:40 -0400 (EDT)

It definitely depends on the situation.  As I recall, you boat on a river so at least you know the current won't change much (if it did, I imagine you'd have bigger troubles than anchoring!), but you likely have to deal with large slopes near the sides.  A good analogy would be trying to anchor on an ocean shoreline:  With the tide coming in the boat swings towards shore, the bottom gradient in rising which helps the anchor dig in, and the aspect ratio is high even with a short amount of line out.  With the tide is going out and boat swings 180 degrees away from shore, the bottom gradient is now falling rapidly and suddenly you need a lot more line to maintain the same aspect ratio.  IOW, while that 7:1 might be fine with the tide moving in, it could be woefully inadequate with the tide going out.  Add in wind, waves, passing boats, other boats anchored nearby, etc. and it can get crazy in a hurry.  My biggest problem is the wake from passing boats -- everything is nice and calm one minute and the next the boat is thrashing and throwing huge loads into the anchor line.  Fortunately I've never reached the point of needing two anchors, but as i said, I generally check on the boat regularly (~every 10-15 minutes) due to sand being such an unreliable anchor media.  I also leave the drive and speed-o up so just in case it does wash into shore, its less likely to cause damage.

I decided I better winterize the engine before I dig into the drive so I'm putting the exploratory surgery off a few more weeks.  I hope to open it before the end of the month, but we'll see.  If I do get it repaired early, I can always re-winterize.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Justin DeSantis" <duc1098desmo@...>
To: "Evinrude & Johnson Boats of the 1960's and 70's" <>
Sent: Thursday, September 3, 2009 11:53:21 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: Re: [OMC-Boats] Lets talk about anchoring...

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"
> <omc-boats@...>
> 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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