Often the anchor gets stuck under rocks and stones or in old ropes or nets. In shallow water, a crew member often goes into the water and frees the anchor; if it is too deep, you often have to cut the anchor line.
How to get the anchor free One method of dealing with the problem is the trip line. One end of the line is attached to the lower end of the anchor shaft; the other end is attached to a buoy on the water surface. If you want to raise the anchor, you grab the buoy and pull the anchor upside down on the trip line. Even jammed anchors and anchors caught under lines usually go free and can be brought up without much effort.
Anchor buoy at the same time Another advantage is that the trip line accurately marks the anchor point and tells other skippers the position of the anchor. Thus it can be prevented that another boat loosens the own anchor from the ground while anchoring. A disadvantage is certainly the line requirement, the trip line must have at least the length of the water depth. But who ever had to cut his anchor line as a last solution will gladly invest a couple of euros in a trip line to save his anchor and line. The tripple line does not have to have the strength of the anchor line. A 10 mm strong, floatable line is always enough.
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