Online Book: Anchoring Made Easy

Members' Online Book: Anchoring Made Easy, Chapter 32 of 36

ShoreFasts—Part 1, When to Use Them

Many people assume that tying to the solid land with shorefasts is safer and more secure than anchoring. But is it really? John takes a deep dive into the facts and in the process shares some interesting things about shorefasts and how to use them.

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Members' Online Book: Anchoring Made Easy, Chapter 21 of 36

Anchoring—Kellets

Kellets are often touted in books and articles on anchoring as a way to increase anchor holding and setting reliability. But do they really work, and should you buy one?

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Members' Online Book: Anchoring Made Easy, Chapter 7 of 36

Specifying Primary Anchor Size

In a previous two chapters we covered our favourite anchor and a second choice. In this chapter we move on to size and material—even tricker things to decide on. But not to worry, we make it simple.

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Members' Online Book: Anchoring Made Easy, Chapter 26 of 36

15 Steps To Getting Securely Anchored

When thinking about anchoring, it’s easy to just focus on gear, but good technique can contribute at least as much to getting securely anchored. These steps, based on 40 years of experience, make getting securely anchored easy and repeatable.

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Members' Online Book: Anchoring Made Easy, Chapter 13 of 36

Anchor Chain Catenary, When it Matters and When it Doesn’t

There are two opposing views on chain catenary: those who believe that having a lot of chain on the bottom increases holding, and those who have observed an all chain rode being pulled bar straight in any winds above about 30 knots and therefore hold that catenary does nothing useful in anchoring. Who is right? Read on to find out, and also for John’s recommendation for the best chain grade to use.

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