I enjoy not using my motor as much as possible, especially since it is a small outboard that can be a real hassle to put down in the lazarette well and hook up to the gas tank. As I get better at sailing I find myself using the motor less and less, including dropping the hook. How can I be sure my anchor, a 33lb bruce on 5/16" HT all-chain rode, is properly set without backing down with my engine? When I backwind my mainsail my boat veers off to the side more than it goes straight back. I haven't had any trouble so far but it seems like dragging your anchor is like going aground, everyone does it eventually. I want to be safe and practice good seamanship.
Soule..because I already got an "hate email" from a loser here at sailnet I am almost sure who he is, for my joking with you on this thread, I will hence forth provide a serious answer to your question, as the law requires:
My humble opinion in this matter is:
Sail to the spot you want to anchor, then simply heave to..forget the BS of sailing and droping, and runing and all that....and all the rest too...once you got to where you want to stop, simply heave to...then calmly, as you stopped and are now drifting sideways at a ridiculously slow speed, pour some wine, scratch your head, look like a pro, wave good bye to the losers around you....and drop the anchor...SIMPLE....then, as a confirmation that you anchor actually is holding, the boat will turn to the anchor..at this point, drop the genoa, then drop the main..
Done with class and right technique you'll look like a pro...
PS If you don't know how to heave too SEE HERE
..There's a video there on how to heave to...thanks
PS2 to the coward hate mail emailer..blow me you yellow liver bastard