I carry a hooker and throw the hooker overboard with chain attached to keep the hooker on the bottom. I have no love for the hooker, but I just wasn't attracted to Bruce.
With a 14' boat I have 15' of chain, which is rated heavier than what was suggested. The anchor rope I used is fairly light weight three strand, and I added simple length markers so a non boater can be told to put out 120' and they can then read 120'. The carabiner at the bow is what the anchor is tied off to. Make sure to use wire or something on any screw type links.
Okay so I have a Danforth Hooker. The milk crate holds it perfectly! It can not bounce out, and holds the anchor rope flaked in nicely.
I also wanted to use multiple points to attach the anchor to, so I built a harness.