Originally Posted by Frogwatch:1080788
I consider anchoring to be the most important skill one needs to learn for cruising (do sailing schools teach anchoring?). You should consider your anchors (multiple) as your primary pieces of safety equipment. You should try to inspect your anchor with mask and snorkel before going ashore. You should consider the direction both the wind and tidal currents set your boat and how it will set when the winds and tides change. This will often require two anchors. With only one anchor, I would feel uneasy leaving my boat out of sight for very long.
I took ASA courses and they did in fact teach/practice anchoring. But, while I am confident I know how to properly set the anchor, all the things mentioned by others in this thread worry me. What if someone tripped my anchor while I'm ashore. What if my weather forecast was incorrect and the wind shifted, or maybe I made a mistake with the forecast. It seems so many things could go wrong while ashore, yet I read/see so many people go ashore confidently leaving no one aboard. I think it's one of many issues I worry about when it finally comes time to cruise myself.