A busy anchorage at Oznor, Greece. Anchoring here requires thought about how much anchor chain you put out

When it comes to putting out anchor chain, most of us follow a basic ratio rule of thumb, but we should be taking wind and tide into account, argues Christopher…

James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship - this month, what would you do if you arrived in a harbour with a full gale blowing onshore?

A multihill moored close to shore

Handling a catamaran in manoeuvres can sometimes be 
easier than with a monohull, but there are a few surprising differences. Paul Hayes showed Will Bruton how to do it

Choose right anchor

Which of the many anchor designs is best for your boat? Vyv Cox helps you choose the best anchor for your style of cruising

'Grace' with Old Law Sands behind

The Bahamian moor is a useful way of anchoring in strong tides, but it takes some practice, as Theo Stocker discovers