1 • The most important bit: how does an anchor work?
The right anchor
2 • Anchoring gear
Chain or rope?
How much cable should there be?
The chain locker
Galvanised or stainless steel chain?
How much chain has already been paid out?
Anchor straps, lead anchor lines, wire rope
The size of the anchoring gear
How heavy should an anchor be?
CQR or plough anchor
What material should the anchor be made of?
How many anchors?
3 • Anchoring manoeuvres
The tripping line
Where is the best place to anchor?
Digging in the anchor
How can dangerous jerks be avoided?
Anchoring with shore lines
Anchoring at a jetty with stern line (bow line)
Using two anchors (anchoring with 'mobile' anchoring gear)
Where should the mobile anchor be located?
Anchoring in coral water
The anchor watch - is the anchor holding?
Breaking out the anchor
Anchoring in bad weather
What to do when the windlass fails
What to do when the anchor cannot be broken out