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How to tell when your boat anchor is dragging:

  1. Use a range by lining up any two landmarks on the beach. If the landmarks do not stay lined up, the anchor is dragging.
  2. Use compass bearings to a landmark(s). If the bearings change, the anchor is dragging.
  3. Use your hand on the cleated rode to feel vibrations and the jerky movement of the anchor being pulled along the bottom.
  4. If the boat swings beam to the wind, the anchor is likely dragging.
  5. Use the anchor alarm on the GPS.


Recheck often during periods of dramatic wind or current shift.