That sounds like it would be great for making your anchor visible, but doesn't it create problems with setting and maintaining a good set? Where do you attach the buoy line, to the crown, or the end of the shank? I guess if you use a small buoy the buoyancy would be completely overcome by the weight of the anchor and chain, but still seems a little iffy. I can see myself losing sleep, worrying about the buoy pulling the anchor out.
I suppose it depends on how big your buoy is. Ours is a cork. Its pull is neglible. After switching to a Mason Supreme anchor, I can sleep well at night after a good set on very little scope in benign conditions. The bugger is hard to break out of the mud without using the boat's momentum, so an underwater buoy wouldn't concern me. (P.S., I don't sleep on a 1 to 1 scope, but I think I could in the right conditions)
That sounds like it would be great for making your anchor visible, but doesn't it create problems with setting and maintaining a good set? Where do you attach the buoy line, to the crown, or the end of the shank? .
The idea (if using an "underwater" anchor buoy) is to use a very small float, to just make the line buoyant. I use a small float that is round with a hole in the middle like a donut. It is only a couple of inches long. They are used by the 100s on fishing nets in the Med so you can often find them beachcombing.
Any trip line should be attached as far forward and low down as possible, so the anchor can be pulled out backwards.
hey guys...that is what I was talking about when I described using poly line. IT FLOATS!!! no need for a small bouy. It will suspend straight up to the height you set it. Put a loop in the end for attaching another line if necessary
Aha, I was picturing the sort of buoy that you use to mark crab traps.
xort - the difference between poly line and the buoy is probably one of visibility. Waters in PNW are pretty murky and vis is basically zero below ten feet, especially during summer when that pesky environment thing starts growing all over the place.
One thing I would do with the little buoy -- or with the poly line -- is to somehow paint it with reflective paint or otherwise make it reflective. Even on low-vis days, reflective objects can stand out like spotlights underwater.
Um.. Ray.. The water's like really cold here. Deep, too. Do you scuba, or are you some kind of superman?
I'm totally paranoid about anchoring, but there's NO WAY I'm diving an anchor up here!
I do SCUBA and some free diving as well. I've checked the anchor at Hope Island once and at Roscoe Bay a couple of times. The chain disappears into the mud up to 20 feet or more from the anchor. Finding it without some sort of a buoy as suggested by Xort and Noel would be difficult.