Anchor FAQs:

Q: Is an anchor a device?

A: Yes, and normally made of metal, used to connect a vessel to the bed of a body of water to prevent the craft from drifting due to wind or current.

Q: Is an anchor dropped from the end of the cathead?

A: Yes.

Q: Are anchors deployed in line with each other?

A: Yes, and on the same rode.

Q: Are anchors used where mushroom anchors are unsuitable?

A: Yes, for example in rock, gravel or coarse sand.

Q: Is an anchor suitable where the seabed is composed of silt or fine sand?

A: Yes.

Q: Were anchors formed of stone?

A: Yes, and Athenaeus states that they were also sometimes made of wood.

Q: Are anchors sometimes fitted with a tripping line attached to the crown?

A: Yes, and by which they can be unhooked from rocks or coral.

Q: Is an anchor then normally cut away?

A: Yes, as it cannot be recovered.

Q: Is an anchor described as aweigh when it has been broken out of the bottom and is being hauled up to be stowed?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an anchor at best about twice its weight until it becomes buried?

A: Yes, when it can be as much as ten times its weight.

Q: Is an anchor a drogue?

A: Yes, and not in contact with the seabed, used to control a drifting vessel.

Q: Is an anchor then hauled up with a heavy tackle until one fluke can be hooked over the rail?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an anchor dragging?

A: Yes, or a smooth tension indicative of digging in.

Q: Were anchors probably rocks?

A: Yes, and many rock anchors have been found dating from at least the Bronze Age.

Q: Is an anchor set in the normal fashion?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an anchor set off each the bow and the stern?

A: Yes, and which can severely limit a vessel's swing range and also align it to steady wind, current or wave conditions.

Q: Are anchors installed and removed using a support tug and pennant/pendant wire?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an anchor hauled up to the hawsepipe?

A: Yes, and the ring end is hoisted up to the end of a timber projecting from the bow known as the cathead.

Q: Are anchors used in the creation of a mooring, and are rarely moved?

A: Yes, a specialist service is normally needed to move or maintain them.

Q: Is an anchor attached to the end of the anchor cable?

A: Yes, and is dropped and set.

Q: Is an anchor a set of tripping palms?

A: Yes, and projections that drag on the bottom, forcing the main flukes to dig in.

Q: Is an anchor set normally?

A: Yes, and the vessel drops back to the limit of anchor cable.

Q: Is an anchor set?

A: Yes, and the scope on the first is taken up until the vessel is lying between the two anchors and the load is taken equally on each cable.

Q: Was an anchor designed by Peter Bruce from the Isle of Man in the 1970s?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an anchor set approximately a half-scope away from the first on a line perpendicular to the wind?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an anchor an anchor carried in addition to the main?

A: Yes, or bower anchors, and usually stowed aft.

Q: Are anchors set?

A: Yes, and tension is taken up on both cables to limit the swing or to align the vessel.

Q: Are anchors usually stowed in a roller at the bow?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an anchor a small?

A: Yes, and possibly improvised, anchor.

Q: Are anchors only suitable for a silt or mud bottom?

A: Yes, since they rely upon suction and cohesion of the bottom material, which rocky or coarse sand bottoms lack.

Q: Is an anchor a light anchor used for warping an anchor?

A: Yes, and also known as kedging, or more commonly on yachts for mooring quickly or in benign conditions.