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Tips for Anchoring

Remember: the wind or tide will move your boat around the anchor; you should allow a 360-degree area for movement.
Pick a spot upwind from where you wish to end up (once you set anchor, you will drift downwind).
Calculate the amount of rode needed to set anchor (rode = 7 to 10 x water depth).
Ready rode in a fashion that will allow the anchor to release smoothly to the bottom; ensure that no feet or equipment are entangled in the rope.
Slowly lower the anchor from the bow, rather than the stern, to avoid capsizing or swamping.
When the anchor has hit bottom - and sufficient rode is given out - give a solid pull to set the anchor.
Secure the line to a bow cleat. Never tie the line to the stern: the additional weight could bring on water.