Sorry, but I have an anchoring question...
The photo is of the float I made for our anchor trip line. We use it about half the time up here because of the nature of some of the bottoms. But we don't use it because we want to know where the anchor is. We've never had an instance where either hauling in some chain and letting the weight of the chain still in the water pull the boat forward, or if there is wind or current, simply powering the boat in the direction the chain is angling out from the bow roller, has not put us directly over the anchor. We use the line and float as a trip line to pull the anchor out backwards if necessary. We've never had the line get fouled on anything but we don't have stabilizers halfway back on the boat, either, not that we let the trip line get back there but I can see how it could.
As to breaking the anchor out with the boat's motion, that works if the boat has motion. On the times it doesn't we'll take up a little tension with the windlass and then see if the slight "bounce back" of the boat will work the anchor free. If it doesn't then we attach our heavy setting line to a deck cleat with the chain hook on the rode, slack off the windlass, and give the boat a shot of reverse to pull the anchor out.
-- Edited by Marin on Monday 15th of November 2010 02:05:25 PM