Originally Posted by gfh
Do some searching for anchor kellets.
I carry a 10 lb kellet on my boat. I do not use it most of the time but I do use it when I am anchored where the wind and current are likely to be a problem.
I deploy as described above with a shackle and a retiever line.
I also deploy the Kellet in crowded anchorages to limit my boat's kiting, and to allow me to more effectively deploy a shorter scope. There is a generally accepted belief that a chain rode can more reliably anchor with less scope. Despite what the illustration suggests, even when the rode is stretched pretty tight, the kellet can help with holding. The kellet does two things. It acts as a shock absorber keeping the boat from jerking on the rode in a short chop, and the kellet adds weight to the line and lowers the angle of pull on the anchor in affect acting similar to having a long heavy chain rode.