Members' Online Book: Anchoring Made Easy—Gear, Chapter 2 of 21

4 Vital Anchor Selection Criteria and a Review of SPADE

Nothing like being anchored in Greenland in storm force winds with hurricane strength gusting to make us glad we have the right anchor.

Obviously, when thinking about anchoring, the fist step is to select a good anchor.

So, I'm going to use our experience with our favourite anchor, the SPADE, to highlight the four things that really matter in anchor selection, and then move on to a detailed review of the SPADE.

That said, if you prefer other anchors, that's just fine with us. This is not about trying to push anyone into buying a given anchor, but rather about setting a standard for what good anchor performance looks like.

And later on in the book, we will cover strengths and weaknesses of other anchors—all have both.

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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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