Boat Safety

Safe Anchoring Advice for Boaters

At Ballast Point Yachts, Inc in San Diego, we think one of the best parts of owning a boat is the chance to anchor up, relaxing on board or exploring on shore. However, before you can enjoy the afternoon, there are a few things that you need to know to be sure that you’re anchoring safely. The following is an introductory guide that will provide you with the know-how you’ll need to anchor whenever you need or want.

First, you’ll need to evaluate your equipment. On at least an annual basis, check your anchoring equipment and ensure that everything is working. If you have a power windlass, make certain the motor stays lubricated and check that it’s working before your trip. Inspect the connections between your anchor and chain, chain and line, and the integrity of both to make certain that your line won’t break if you hit wind or current. Also, have a way to check the amount of line that is out, whether by using paint or tape, and make sure all markings are still present and easy to see.

This should be a part of your boat maintenance routine. If you are unable to perform maintenance on a regular basis due to time constraints, consider enlisting in the assistance of professionals. Learn more about reliable, full-service boat maintenance in San Diego available through Ballast Point Yachts, Inc. and continue reading for the best ways to anchor safely.

When choosing your anchoring location, there are a few other things to consider. Your depth finder will let you know the depth at the time you’re anchored, but you should also be aware of the height of the tidal exchange in the area. If the tide drops, you want to know that your boat will be safe from beaching or hurting your propellers. This means considering not only the safety of the boat at the lowest depth in the spot that you are, but that you have enough line if the tide rises considerably. You’ll also need to know that your extra line at low tide won’t drift you into an area that is too shallow.

If you’re in an area with a lot of boats or a strong current, you may want to think about setting up a second anchor to ensure the safety of the line and prevent drift. With unforeseen situations that can come up, it also never hurts to carry a backup anchor on board in case you need it.

If you’ve done your homework, anchoring will likely be safe and painless, and add to the enjoyment of your boating excursion. For more tips and tricks about powerboating, visit our blog which features information on everything from where to boat in Southern California to how to buy a used boat in San Diego. If you would like to speak with an expert boat broker directly, dial 619-222-3620 today.