We find that a large proportion of winch and anchoring problems come back to 'operator error' and we have made it a bit of a crusade to minimise this. You may know these but in case you don't we'll put them up anyway.
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Note: No.s 5 and 6 are only a guide but a good place to start. Letting out more rode allows the pull on your anchor to be less 'upward' and will help your anchor hold a lot more load. But be aware that the more rode you have out will increase the size of the circle you will swing in if the wind or tide turns i.e. look out for boats around you and don't forget low tide.
We have found that the above are not as well known now as they used to be. If you are aware of the above, good and please pass them on, if not, they are a few good basic rules to keep in mind.
I think that enough from the C R A School of Safe Boating for the moment. If you have any questions please feel free to refer to the more in-deep articles on our site or just ask and we'll do our best to help.
Note: This article has been written for informational purposes only. In no way does it cover the entire subject in great depth or is meant as being correct for every manufacturer in every situation. In no way does this article mean to imply all comments made are 'law' even if some maybe. The intent of this article was to inform a little. Be aware regional differences in standards, laws and procedures will mean things maybe a little different from place to place even if the same basic principals apply.