Common Mistakes While Adrift
*Deploying an anchor without enough scope. You should let out the rode at a minimum of a 5:1 ratio, meaning five times the depth of water at high tide plus the height of the bow above the water. So if the chart says you're in 10 feet of water, to hold you need to let out 50 feet of rode and another three to five feet to account for the height of your bow.
*Letting the boat drift abeam to the seas. This puts your boat in a position vulnerable to pitching someone overboard, taking on water or turtling.