This thoroughly modern take on an essential skill for anyone going to sea concentrates on the tackle needed for all types and sizes of boat, explains manual and hydraulic systems for handling anchors, and demonstrates with helpful photos and diagrams safe and efficient anchoring techniques in all conditions - wind, strong tide, shallow water, rocky bottoms and deep bays - all of which require particular techniques that are covered in detail to help the reader develop effective skills.
Once considered something of a black art, anchoring is coming back into vogue as a free alternative to paying costly marina fees to berth overnight. Being competent and confident at anchoring offshore also allows boaters to anchor off a peaceful beach, providing the ideal opportunity for the family to go swimming from the boat, fish, or just row round - a better distraction for the kids than searching the marina for an Internet cafe.
With detailed diagrams and instructive photographs of both sail and power boats of all sizes under anchor, this helpful guide takes the reader step-by-step through the entire anchoring process in a clear and helpful way.
Bobby Schenk is a highly regarded sailing writer and lecturer, particularly on topics relating to offshore sailing. He is a vastly experienced sailor and has circumnavigated the globe several times, once without using any modern navigational instruments. He is the author of many practical titles on sailing and seamanship.