More to the original question of setting the anchor
single-handed using the engine:
It has been mentioned that flaking out your estimated scope on the foredeck and cleating it off will eliminate the need for a bowman.
An alternative is to run the rode
through (by this I mean under the horns
and between the legs of a cleat
, employing it as a fairlead, rather like a footballer running between the goalposts in the endzone) or fairlead on the bow, then carry the line
back to the cockpit and throw a couple of turns around a jib winch
. Now you''re both bowman and helmsman, but can stay in the cockpit where the engine controls are.
Using the "pre-cleated" technique, it''s all automatic, as long as the rode
runs off the deck freely and doesn''t foul on anything; using the "bowman/helmsman" technique is a bit messier, but you can let the rode
run right out of your hand and snub as you choose as you back down.
Hope this is helpful,