Happy Hooking - The Art of Anchoring

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White Seahorse, Inc, 2011 - Anchorage - 346 pages
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Happy Hooking - The Art of Anchoring is a very readable book on boat anchoring. It is 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 for any boater or sailor!

The second expanded edition of Happy Hooking - the Art of Anchoring features:

  • More gear
  • More photos
  • More illustrations
  • More independent reviews
  • Experience from both sides of the Atlantic
  • Personal anecdotes based on many thousands of miles of sailing and countless times anchoring

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."

Happy Hooking!


Ocean Cruising Club

The definitive textbook on the subject.

Cruising Club of America

"Happy Hooking" is well organized, well illustrated, and easy to read. It should be mandatory reading for novice sailors and charter operators would do well to place copies throughout their fleet. This would be an excellent gift to up-and-coming boaters.

Captain John Jamieson, Author of Skipper Tips and Seamanship Secrets

The single most important guide to anchoring for the modern sailor of the 21st century. Easy to read and filled with super clear illustrations and drawings. Add "Happy Hooking-The Art of Anchoring" to your onboard list of "must have guides" for safe anchoring-wherever in the world you choose to cruise!


Might be compulsory reading for the new sailor. Even the most experienced will find much new material here.

Latitudes & Attitudes Seafaring

This is the bible for all things anchoring.

Irish Cruising Club

It is hard to imagine a more comprensive study of the topic. This is a remarkably easy book to read.


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“Happy Hooking – the Art of Anchoring” (226 pages, 182 Illustrations)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! It is quite different from the two other titles on the subject; one being very technical and somewhat dated, and the other not covering as many of the more modern anchors. "Happy Hooking" is the kind of book that a boater might read cover-to-cover and learn lots of new things while being thoroughly entertained.  


Table of Contents
The New Generation of Anchors
Avoiding a wrap
Getting Hooked Anchoring Techniques 73 Chapter 1 Selecting an Anchorage
Safe Anchoring Technique setting your anchor
Once you are anchored
Alternatives to anchoring
Hooking Up With Friends
Hooking Rules Anchoring Etiquette
Sharing is Not Always Desirable
Using Lights After Dark
The Golden Rule and Parting Thoughts
About the Authors

Preparing for an emergency

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2011)

Alex and Daria Blackwell are lifelong sailors and passionate cruisers. They have spent years cruising the coasts of the Americas and Europe, as well as the Bahamas, the Caribbean islands, and the Atlantic islands, most recently double-handing on their vintage Bowman 57-foot ketch, Aleria, on three Atlantic crossings. Alex holds a 100 ton USCG Commercial Master's license with sailing and towing endorsements. Daria holds a USCG OUPV Captain's license.

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