Originally Posted by jackdale
Gary - up here in the PNW, anchor floats / trip lines are frowned upon as they restrict the amount of space in anchorage. They actually will cause grief.
I'm also hesitant to use an anchor float because I heard of a sailor (from his blog) who was in Mexico and always used an anchor float. One windless day his boat swung around, the line or float got caught up in his rudder or swim ladder and pulled his anchor free. He was adrift in less than 5 knots of wind!
I'll use them if I really suspect a foul bottom, but then again, I don't make a habit of dropping said hook if I feel the bottom is likely to be foul.