What problems are we trying to avoid? Not selecting the optimal size and type of anchor for your boat’s expected uses and local conditions. Not attaching a chain and buying a proper length and weight. Failing to consider the area in which you intend to anchor for sufficient space in which to drift. Not instructing your passengers or crew on their roles to play. Not attaching the anchor line to your boat before dropping the anchor overboard. And failing to have a smooth departure from the anchorage after performing a proper lookout.