Originally Posted by Stuzzer
Thanks again.. Any tips on freeing an anchor Peter?
I'm not Peter, but this is what I do.
When weighing anchor (directions relative to a static position, i.e. the direction your boat sits at rest relative to the anchor):
1) Don't use the anchor rode to pull the boat to the anchor's location. Use the motor to idle forward as you take up the slack, until you are at or slightly beyond the hook-up site, then start pulling. Alternating pull and slack may "bounce" the hook loose.
2) If the anchor does not come loose, slack the line and motor a good distance further on ( like a hundred feet or so, if you have enough rode) and try again, which should pull the hook out more horizontally. Should that not work, do the same, but offset even with the site of the hookup, but off to the side. Then try the other side. You are trying to get different angles on the anchor to get it loose from whatever it's hung up on.
3) If all else fails, use the motor to try and break it loose (tie off the rode, and motor back to break it loose.) Use caution, as there will be a surge when something does give - make sure everyone is seated and braced for the movement. Be aware that you may well damage the anchor or break a line or shackle doing this. Use gradual power, not sudden throttle inputs, and watch the boat's reaction under power so as not to swamp the boat.
4) If nothing works, note the location, and be prepared to pay a diver to recover the anchor. Or eat the loss.
If you're anchoring in areas that are prone to snagging the hook, get an anchor with an eye forward of the flukes (or whatever it has to hold), and rig a trip line (enough strong line to reach the surface and a float.) It will help by allowing you to pull from the front of the anchor rather than levering from the end of the shank.