Wired for Action
If, like me, you engage in risky behavior in pursuit of fish, or need to anchor over "sticky" bottom while cruising, try trip-wiring the anchor. Many anchors have a hole in the forward part of the shank for this purpose. Drill a hole if your anchor doesn't have one in the crown. Shackle the bitter end of the chain here, and then run it back along the shank, wiring a link to the normal shackle point. A length of thick, solid copper wire, like stripped residential wire, works; nylon tie-wraps also do the job. If you foul the anchor, the wire or wraps will break under enough pressure, allowing you to pull the anchor out by the crown rather than the tail of the shank. Have extra wire or wraps aboard to rerig. You can also get a commercially made setup called the Anchor Saver ($109.99 to $159.99, shop.anchorsaver.com) that works on the same principle.