While fishing from a 33 Southport we saw something we’ve never encountered before: an anchor cam. At first it seemed a bit silly to mount a Raymarine 200 infra-red/video camera in the anchor locker, but once the captain explained how it helped him run his boat single-handed, having the anchor cam made perfect sense. Check it out, and see if you agree.
Anyone who’s ever had a windlass knows that they aren’t exactly trouble-free. They jam, they slip, and they do need constant attention. By being able to eyeball the windlass and anchor line as it comes into the boat you can take your finger off the button before a kink becomes a jam. You can reverse the line and see—without running back and forth to the bow to get an eyeball on it—if the kink comes out. And you always know how much tension the line is under, and when the anchor gets close to the pulpit or mount.
Anchoring may seem like a simple process, but as veteran captains know, there’s more to it than meets the eye. Watch our Boating Tips video on How to Anchor Your Boat if you don’t have much experience in this regard, and also check out our Anchor Throw-Down to see which types of anchors perform best. And generally speaking, even with a good windlass (we can help you pick one of those, too; see Choosing an Anchor Windless) pulling an anchor still either requires darting back and forth from the helm to the bow, or it becomes a two-man operation. As we saw, however, having that anchor-cam makes a real difference.