Originally Posted by boristhebold
Its always good sport watching people anchor at studland, many think its the anchors job to bite into the sea bed when in reality the anchor just helps to hold the chain in position and its the chain weight that does much of the work. Damn hard work manually pulling up several metres of chain ha ha ha.
The anchor holds the boat, but needs a horizontal pul to be efficient, which is why you need chain to make the pull on the anchor horizontal There is a lot of misconception about how an anchor works. The bottom line is you do NOT need to pull back to get the anchor to bite, as it does it when it needs to. Just let it out, and as long as there is not a huge pile of chain over the top of the anchor, it will bite when needed.