If you’re looking for the best beach access without worrying about finding a parking spot in crowded lots, use a boat as your means of transportation. Not only will you avoid the busy parking areas, but you will have access to beaches that are not accessible by car. Anchor your vessel at the beach and unload your foldout chairs and umbrella, unwind to the sound of nature. Here is a complete guide to anchoring a boat at the beach.

What do you need to anchor a boat at the beach?

  1. To successfully anchor a boat at the beach, this requires two anchors a bow and a stern anchor.
  2. The bow anchor should be a Danforth anchor in soft sandy areas to dig well into the seabed for excellent holding capability. 
  3. The stern anchor can also be a Danforth style because it is the best anchor for anchoring a boat; however, a stable tree, rock, or another form of an anchor will also work just as well. 
  4. Have a section of chain attached to the bow anchor to allow it to set more firmly.
  5. Ensure that you ample anchor line suitable for the depth of the water.

How do you anchor a boat at the beach?

  1. Prepare the bow and stern anchors, so you’re not fumbling around when the vessel is in position. 
  2. Get an idea of the water’s depth and how close the boat can be backed down safely without touching the bottom. 
  3. Drive the boat perpendicular to the beach and drop the anchor about one hundred and fifty feet from where you would like the stern to sit.
  4. Back down gently while the anchor line is deploying out over the bow. 
  5. Secure the anchor line to a bow cleat when you are in the depth of what you would like to remain and be sure the anchor is firmly dug in.
  6. Have a helping hand move to the back of the boat and enter the water with the stern anchor.
  7. Place the anchor on the side of the boat that is facing the strongest wind or tidal flow.
  8. Plant the anchor on the beach or in the water securely.
  9. Have someone on the boat pull the stern anchor line until it becomes taught, and the vessel is at a 90-degree angle to the shoreline. 
  10. Head to shore and your paradise!

What challenges are faced when anchoring a boat at the beach?

While the process sounds simple, some factors play into completing this task, which can make it tricky.

  1. In coastal areas, tides can be a considerable challenge. Anchoring in currents is far more complicated and, in particular, lining the stern up with the beach. You may have to work hard to force the back of the boat into position.
  2. Much like the current, the wind is also a factor. Strong winds can turn your boat into a sail. What’s even more difficult is when the tide and wind are moving in the same direction.
  3. Rocky bottoms can lead to a significant amount of damage. Know that if you’re backing down to the beach, keep the boat and motor a safe distance to avoid engine and hull damage.
  4. The change in water depth from outgoing tides can leave a vessel high and dry. Be sure to leave the boat’s stern in a sufficient amount of water to drive out at low tide. Without proper planning, you may be waiting for the tide to flow back in before heading home for the day. 

Conclusion

Anchoring the boat at a beach is a great experience to reach areas that few footprints are found. Exploring uninhabited places allows for tranquility and finding seaside treasures like unique shells, wildlife, and a serene environment to relax. Next time you think about jumping in the car, consider packing up the boat and heading off for a funfilled adventure without the crowds.