Some of us are just not ready to buy another anchor. In the mean time, we may be willing to make minor investments to increase our safety and sleep. We might be willing to do this no matter what anchor we have.
Again, how many anchoring mishaps occur because the maximum holding power of the anchor has been exceeded? I would guess that poor set must dominate as the cause of problems, especially where average weather is involved.
So I am back to the beginning of my quest. If poor or broken set is the problem, how to I improve set or reset without buying another anchor?
I have always understood increasing scope as increasing the amount of rode that is parallel to or on the bottom. The parallel pull is supposed to bury the anchor as opposed to breaking it loose. If an anchor is only partially set, the next big load can do one of three things:
- Leave it partially set
- Break it out
- Fully set it
I am glad that Peter Smith posted his knowledge. It changed my thinking on the subject.