How to anchor a boat

  1. Determine the water depth where you want to drop anchor.
  2. Calculate the correct amount of anchor scope (a 7:1 ratio is recommended).
  3. Lower the anchor and let out enough scope, then secure the rope to a bow cleat.
  4. Ensure there is no drag—use landmarks or onboard electronics to measure movement.
  5. If needed, reset the anchor.
  6. To retrieve the anchor, slowly motor toward the anchor while pulling in the rope.
  7. Remember, never tie off an anchor to the stern of a boat.