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Happy Hooking - The Art of Anchoring

Anchoring BookExpanded third edition
by (us!) Capt. Alex Blackwell & Capt. Daria Blackwell

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Happy Hooking, now in its third edition, is a very readable book loaded with valuable information on anchoring tackle, anchoring technique, tying up and rafting, anchoring etiquette, as well as the occasional anecdote - simply stated a must have! (if we don't say so ourselves) It is also the most up-to-date anchoring book out there!

Unless you are far offshore, at some point or another you are going to need to park your boat. Just like knowing how to stop your car before you start is perhaps the most important part of driving, we feel that anchoring is perhaps the most important skill you can and should acquire in boating. Anchoring a boat can be a lovely dance in a harbor, or a painful and often embarrassing display of Homo sapiens’ inability to plan or communicate. We will endeavor to help you find a combination of tackle and technique best suited for your circumstances when anchoring your vessel. By outlining how different anchors work, the pluses and minuses of different adjunctive pieces of equipment, the current thinking about how to deploy this equipment, and how to select an anchorage, we hope you will be armed with enough information to make some informed decisions about what might work best for you.

If you could take only one piece of advice from these pages with you on your travels, perhaps you will remember what Tommy Moran, an old salt in the West of Ireland, advised time and again:

“Anchor as though you plan to stay for weeks,
even if you intend to leave in an hour.”

Click here to view a half hour version of our very popular anchoring presentation

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Independent reviews on Amazon:

Happy Hooking is the best book on anchoring techniques and equipment I have found to date - full of practical advice and enjoyable to read as well. Right up to date with all the latest gear.
J M R

Anchoring bible - A must to all sailors.
R M

An Essential Learning & Safety Manual. So easy to read and comprehend, full of common-sense advice and tips. Given that personal, crew and boat safety is a major issue in choosing an anchorage and the subsequent anchor setting, this book is a fantastic safety manual on the subject.
S H

Well written and interesting, packed full of good advice. I'll keep it on board for everyday reference. Many thanks to the authors
S

The book is surprisingly readable and successfully explains many related topics very clearly. Well recommended.
D F

Great Resource. Every boater should have one. Keep it on your boat. Well explained with picture diagrams. We have bought this book for our friends who are novice and experienced boaters.
M. P

Excellent book which answers many questions and offers techniques for rookies and experienced boaters alike.
R. N

An excellent book. Very detailed and very clear. This book puts it all together nicely and will be reassuring when you start anchoring overnight and more often.
J K.

Good practical information. This really helped with understanding the basics of anchoring. We are first time boaters that love to anchor out and enjoy. Highly recommended.
F D

Nice, solid. And comprehensive.
S F. D

 


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