Originally Posted by alystra
I do a fair amount of anchoring. I think the secret of no tangle is to keep the bitter end of the cable fast while hauling in - and paying out. I suppose it would be better to put an eyebolt in the anchor locker, but I just make the end fast to the console hand rail and leave it there while paying out and hauling in. (It's made fast properly to the painter with a rolling hitch and a cleat as back up when anchored - the hand rail just keeps the end clear of everything.)
When weighing anchor, I just let the rode (8 plait) find its own way into the locker - maybe spread it out a bit with my foot to cover the fibreglass, let the chain land on top and put the anchor on that. Only then untie the bitter end from the hand rail and lay it on top of the anchor. It stays there. Then the locker lid. First thing when anchoring, make the bitter end fast, then lift out the anchor. Never had a tangle......until tomorrow, no doubt.
That sounds like what I do - except my bitter end is left attached all the time to the locker. The only time I have had a tangle is when I have stuffed other things into the locker and so messed up the rope-chain-anchor layering.