Best anchor and rode for a houseboat
by Michael Stewart
(Grand Rivers, KY)
Typical Houseboat Anchor Types
I have a 90 ft houseboat. We would like to camp out on the hook overnight. However, the anchor and rode they have installed my houseboat does not look like it can hold the boat. Reply - Answer
We are on the Cumberland Lake which is a muddy bottom in most parts. I have an approx. 40lbs Danforth anchor attached to a 3/4 line with no chain. Should I be concerned.
Michael from Grand Rivers, KY
That's an excellent question Michael, since many people enjoy anchoring out for the day or overnight in a houseboat. You should be fine with a 40lb Danforth to anchor out with your present setup, however I would add 30-40 ft of good quality chain to help reduce wear and help keep the anchor angle horizontal.
I will list some Tips and Tricks
that will help you anchor easily.
You should always have two types of anchors on board your houseboat, so that if one fails or doesn't hold well, you can easily use the other type.
Preferably you would want to have some chain on your anchor rode, since this serves two purposes, one is to add significant weight to hold the angle of the rode horizontal, and it reduces the wear and tear damage that occurs from rubbing on the bottom.
Anchor scope is the length anchor rode "let out" compared to the depth of the water. Typically you will hear terms like 5 to 1, or 7 to 1, or even 10 to 1, which allows for some good overnight anchoring.
Remember to "set the anchor" which means that after you have let out the required amount of anchor rode for the depth of water, you would put the houseboat engine(s) in reverse and gently "set" the anchor to get maximum holding power.
For more in depth look at the specifics of anchors and techniques, look at Westmarine Product Advise
see different anchor types and techniques.
I hope this all helps...
IAN - from www.all-about-houseboats.com
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