Anchoring, Docking

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The company LOFRANS Windlass SRL has been producing anchor winches for ships with a length of 6 meters to mega yachts of 40m length for over 35 years now. Founded in 1965, the Italian company has focused on the design and construction of anchor winches only. With an annual production of over 30,000 winches, LOFRANS is amongst the world’s largest manufacturers of anchor winches and has produced more winches than any other manufacturer on the market. All gears used for the winches are specifically designed by LOFRANS for use in windlasses and are aligned for optimal efficiency. Likewise, the electric motors are manufactured specifically for LOFRANS. In numerous tests by renowned yacht magazines, time and time again, LOFRANS is among the test winners; in particular in terms of efficiency and power output. Selecting Lofrans spare parts is now easier than ever with the SVB Lofrans Spare Parts Finder! Lofrans Spare Parts Finder
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With seaEQ, you will discover the fascinating world of water sports. All products are specifically developed, tested and produced in the Netherlands and Germany. seaEQ stands for quality and innovation. In addition to their modern designs, their products are tested for functionality and easy handling, both on board and in the harbour. seaEQ ensures that you will have maximum fun when you are out on the water!
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fenderfits - the original. The fenderfits brand has been supplying fender covers for all types and sizes of fenders worldwide for over 15 years. The covers are offered in 12 different colours. The high-quality material is specifically tested for UV resistance and is manufactured with state-of-the-art machines. The finishing touches are done by hand. Fenderfits production halls are located in France at the port of Cannes. 
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QUICK Nautical Equipment - Made in Italy since 1992 In 1996, QUICK launched the first windlass with ARIES. Today, SVB offers a wide range of different QUICK windlasses with various features. Since 1998 hot water boilers and heating elements in various volumes followed by bow thrusters and on-board electrical systems, such as battery chargers or remote controls, have been added to the QUICK portfolio. The windlass, bow thruster, keel hydraulics and gangway can be controlled by means of the practical hand-held remote control.
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Lewmar has been developing innovative and reliable marine products since 1946, allowing you to enjoy a stress-free time on the water. With its extensive range of anchors and windlasses, hatches & portlights, winches and hardware, Lewmar offers complete solutions for small charter boats and mega yachts alike. Production takes place in their own production facilities in the UK, forming the basis for the high quality standard of all Lewmar products.
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Whether mooring your boat in a harbour or anchoring in a bay, in our online shop you'll not only find the perfect anchor for your boat and sailing area, but also all other equipment for mooring and anchoring: from boat fenders, windlasses and anchor chains, gangways, mooring fenders to many other important helpful items. We have created a number of guides for anchors, mooring lines and fenders, in which we give you useful information on the right choice of product.  Learn more about Anchoring, Docking...
Anchoring, Docking

Anchoring vs. mooring my boat

- When is it recommended to drop anchor and when should I moor my boat in the harbour? -

What are the advantages of mooring in the harbour?

Mooring in the harbour can be stressful for most sailors. The combination of difficult manoeuvring in the harbour, together with a number of people watching, issuing well-intended advice is enough to raise anyone's blood pressure. Nonetheless, there are some advantages to mooring in the harbour, for example, there's no need to watch anchor and the crew can sleep through the night without being disturbed. In heavy seas or storms, the stress of mooring in a safe harbour can pay off, so you should carefully assess the advantages and disadvantages of each situation and make a balanced decision. After all, no two boats are the same and no two harbours are identical. Being well prepared for your mooring manoeuvre is therefore essential. Mooring lines must be set in the correct position, fenders in place. The crew must be given clear instructions. But never fear, so far everyone somehow manages to get their boat in the box. You can find helpful information in our guides to mooring lines and fenders.


If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the harbour, there is always the option of anchoring. But even here there is a lot to consider. Which anchor do I choose? What is the type of bottom that I would like to anchor to? Is my anchor chain long enough? How do I position my boat correctly and get my anchor back on board? Many of these questions are answered in our category Anchors & Accessories and in our anchor guide.

Advantages & disadvantages of anchoring

Some of the advantages of anchoring are obvious. First of all, there are no 'backseat driver' issues and even if your third anchoring attempt is unsuccessful, there's nothing to stop you trying a fourth time. There is plenty of room to manoeuvre. This is relevant not only for coming in, but also for going out. Anchoring also saves having to pay marina fees and, above all, you and your crew can enjoy the solitude and nature, which is one of the reasons why many sailors go on a boat in the first place. Nevertheless, anchoring is often a cause of anxiety and restless nights, which is a shame because with the right equipment and a little practice, sailors often have an unforgettable experience. Finding anchorage and using anchor equipment is a fundamental part of a wonderful sailing adventure. Discover our extensive range of equipment now. We are happy to advise you!

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