When we think of anchoring, most of us think of a quiet cove, being "on the hook," and maybe even a snooze in a shady corner of the cockpit after lunch. We don't think about saving our boat from washing up on the beach.

But as Gary Reich points out, your anchor will do that too—if it's the right piece of gear.

anchor on bow roller

Stainless anchors are pretty, but they don't hold any better than less shiny galvanized. Photo: Jarek Tuszynski (Wkimedia Commons)

Chandleries offer an overwhelming array of anchor choices: size, style, weight, and even finish. Watch our latest boats.com how to video to learn how to choose the best hook for you and your boat:

How to Choose the Best Anchor and Ground Tackle

Even the wrong anchor will probably be good enough for the next lunchtime stop at your favorite quiet cove. But that nap might just come a little easier, knowing that your gear will keep you off the beach in an emergency.

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