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Setting the Hook


Knowing how to deploy and set an anchor is the first step toward enjoying a relaxing and peaceful night on the hook. And yet, many boaters get it wrong. The consequences are usually unpleasant, and they seem to occur when you’re fast asleep. Happy Hooking: The Art of Anchoring aims to limit those middle-of-the-night misadventures by discussing the right and wrong ways to pick anchoring tackle, deploy and set an anchor, tie up and raft a boat to others at anchor, and more. There’s information about how different types of anchors work, which ones are right for which boats and cruising grounds, and how to select the best anchorage for specific weather conditions.

($22, White Seahorse)

This article originally appeared in the May 2019 issue.



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