Online Book: Anchoring Made Easy—Gear, Chapter 7 of 16

Anchor Tests—The Good, The Bad, and The Downright Silly


I’m frequently asked what my opinion is of a given anchor, often of a new pattern.

And over the years I have developed a pat answer:

Sorry, I don’t opine on anchors unless I, or people I know well and trust, have used the anchor several hundred times in many different places over a period of several years.

At this point, almost invariably, the questioner adds that his or her interest was provoked by the anchor in question’s great performance in a test.

That would seem logical…except for the fact that most, maybe all, anchor tests are flawed and therefore should not be used, at least not in isolation, to determine what anchor we voyagers should use to keep our boats and loved ones safe.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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