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Yesterday marked the 1 month anniversary that Rebecca and I have been living aboard our new boat Katana. Woo hoo! Although we are still in the process of trying to organize things to suit us we are having a blast.

There is soooo much to learn it makes my head hurt. For example, let’s look at anchors and anchoring (a subject we are at present researching). Here are some of the variables:

  • Type of anchor used (bruce, plow, spade, delta, danforth, fortress, rocna, fishermans, etc.)
  • Size of anchor to be used (10 kg, 15 kg, 100 kg!)
  • Type of rode (what attaches the anchor to the boat – chain, line or a chain/line combo)
  • Length of rode to be kept on the boat (and if chain/line combo, how much chain)
  • Bridle (how to split the load between the two hulls of a Cat)
  • Anchoring methods (single anchor, dual, bow and stern, tandem, Bahamian, etc.)
  • Area to be anchored in (bottom – clay, sand, weed, etc.)
  • Windlass (a mechanical device to raise the anchor – yes or no, manual or electric)
  • Other factors (wind shifts, tide, current, etc.)

That is a lot of variables!!! It’s no wonder my head hurts. There is a lot of info out there, and we do understand some of the basics, but this is a super important subject. Solid anchoring is what lets you sleep well at night. Given our recent experiences with other boats in our anchorage dragging, we want to get this subject sorted out. When we do so, we’ll be sure to share it here. 🙂

Our shiny Stainless Steel Bruce anchor.