- With the anchor line firmly cleated on the bow, clip the ring over the anchor line and snap on the carabiner to capture the line within the ring. Then throw the ball overboard.
- Motor forward toward the anchor at enough of an angle so that you do not run over the rode. As you come up over the anchor, you can have a crewmember move the rode from the front cleat to a cleat astern, but this is not necessary. The rode will now be running from the bow alongside and astern of the boat.
- Keep running forward. The anchor ball will be forced all the way down the rode to the crown of the anchor, where it lifts the anchor out by its head (which is how this rig can help with a stuck anchor). In practice, the anchor often pops loose before the ball travels all the way down the rode.
- When you see the ball resurface, with the anchor hanging in the ring, stop the boat, turn toward the anchor and haul it in, bumping in and out of gear to ease the anchor handler’s job. Of course, the anchor is floating, so hauling it in is “weigh” easier than pulling it all the way up from the bottom.