1. Length of the anchor chain
Look for a sufficiently dimensioned anchor chain
and anchor line. The length should be at least 5-6 times the amount of the water depth plus the freeboard height. A doubling of the chain length brings about a doubling of the holding force with it. At a chain length of about 1:3, the holding force of the anchor is affected greatly. Therefore, pay attention to length when choosing your anchor chain. In our SVB Online Shop you will find anchors
and anchor chains of different qualities
at excellent prices
. Whether DIN 766 or ISO 818, whether galvanized or stainless steel - SVB delivers your new chain directly to your front door!
2. Anchor maneuver under the motor
Drop the anchor and proceed at a slow speed in reverse. If you notice that the anchor embeds itself, step on the gas a little more firmly until the anchor engages properly.
CAUTION: If you reverse too quickly, the anchor will be dragged across the ground. In areas with high tides or during bad weather, we recommend throwing two anchors over the bow in different directions. This way if one anchor loses hold, the other anchor remains in place. There is not one anchor that embeds itself again with 100% certainty.
If the anchor is situated properly, fasten the chain or anchor line on a stable cleat. SVB offers a huge selection of high performance anchors. Whether stainless steel, aluminum, polished, affordable, whether skerry anchor or common anchor, quality brand or no-name bestsellers - the team of SVB can assist you in selecting the right anchor for your boat.
3. Retrieving the anchor
Support the anchor maneuver with your main engine. If the anchor sits very firmly, heave the chain at a short stay and wait a moment. With firmly grounded anchors move your vessel in a position that is above the anchor. Fasten the anchor line to a strong cleat and then slowly reverse the engine in order to break ground. Maneuvering foward across the anchor requires a lot more force.
4. Anchoraging grounds, anchor types and necessary accessories
All soft anchoraging grounds
, such as silt or mud, lead to a significant reduction in holding force. Therefore, check carefully that your anchor has properly embedded itself, and if necessary pay away a longer anchor chain
There is no universal anchor that is suitable for all anchoraging grounds. Also keep in mind that the best anchor or the most beautiful chain are no use if for example the shackles and links or cleat up on deck aren't able to support the loads. Also select the correct anchor accessories
from the SVB range: mooring rolls made of plastic or brass, bow protection or chain stoppers and bow sheaves.