It’s easy to get carried away with the idea that anchoring is simply about equipment. Sure, new generation anchors have changed a lot of things, most definitely for the better, but there’s far more to it than just the choice of anchor and ancillary gear.
There are many little (and not so little) things about the practice of anchoring that we should all consider to cruise safely wherever we sail. This summer’s cruise to Newfoundland reminded me on several occasions of things that I had for one reason or another set aside. When that happens, it tends to be a sign of complacency creeping in, so here’s what we have reviewed as a result.