Georgia Boater Education Course


CHAPTER 6: On The Waterways


All boats, whether powered or non-powered, should carry an anchor. Anchors are useful for everyday recreational use, and they can be a lifesaver in an emergency.

Let’s look at the most common anchor types used on recreational boats. Pick the anchor type that best meets your needs.


Lands sideways and digs in when pulled, like a plow. Best for rocky bottoms, weeds, and grassy waters.


Pivoting flukes bury the anchor. Best for soft mud and grassy waters.


Typically for canoes and inflatables. Best for flat-bottomed waters.

Other than the anchor itself, you also need to have a line and/or chain attached to the anchor. This line and chain is called the (called "rodethe anchor line."). And together, the rode and anchor are called the "tackle".

You’ll use the rode to set and retrieve your anchor. But how much rode should you carry? A general rule of thumb is that your rode should be 7 to 10 times the depth of water in which you plan to anchor—and you’ll need more rode in bad or rough weather.

Anchors are important in emergency situations, especially if your engine fails in rough waters or strong currents.

To make sure you’re prepared for any emergency, ensure that your anchor is accessible and your rode free from tangles and snares.