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Online Book: Anchoring Made Easy—Gear, Chapter 16 of 17

The Quest For The Perfect Anchor Roller—Part 2

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In the last chapter, I specified the perfect offshore voyaging boat anchor roller and how existing rollers can be improved. But what happens if we need to scrap the piece of junk the builder saddled us with and start over?

Also, are there any benefits to having two rollers? And, if so, how should they be designed to work well together?

Online Book: Anchoring Made Easy—Gear, Chapter 2 of 17

The Right Anchor


There are so many anchors and so many conflicting claims it's hard to know what to buy. In this chapter we cut through the fog with clear recommendations of the anchors that work and a warning list of those that we don't trust.

Online Book: Anchoring Made Easy—Gear, Chapter 17 of 17

Install A Wash-down Pump—And Save Money!


  Want to save a bunch of, I mean really big money. Buy and install a really good deck washdown pump. "Huh? OK, now John really has lost his marbles", I can hear you say. But read on, this piece of gear could save you thousands of dollars, Pounds, or Euros every year. The reason [...]

Online Book: Anchoring Made Easy—Gear, Chapter 9 of 17

Which Anchor Chain Should We Buy?


In the last chapter on chain we looked at the three grades of chain normally used for anchor rodes on cruising sailboats. In this chapter we carry on from that base and examine the trade-offs between the grades and the things that you need to know when selecting the right anchor chain and gauge for your boat.

Online Book: Anchoring Made Easy—Technique, Chapter 6 of 11

Two Anchors Done Right

Different types of boat lie in different ways- the narrow tidal anchorage at Sapinho, Baia de Camamu, Brazil.

Some of my favourite anchorages are strongly tidal, a perverse eccentricity you may think. But I love the living feeling of the boat as she swings to the new tide, and the ever-changing view scratches my curiosity constantly and gives me a heightened sense of place. Other than that, tidal anchorages only offer endless possibilities [...]

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