The right equipment and sensible accessories for anchoring depend on the type of ship, the weight and the length of the yacht. On larger, seagoing vessels, the anchor gear consists of an anchor, an anchor chain and a sufficiently strong windlass. Chains are available in various finishes and standards. Anchor chains are offered both in ISO standard and in DIN. The ISO standard is the standard in most European countries. Especially for 10 mm thick chains, the ISO standard and DIN chain differ in the pitch, i.e. in the inner length of the chain link. If the chain sprocket and the chain do not conform to the same standards, the chain will not fit exactly into the sprocket and will jump over.
Anchor chains made of stainless steel are absolutely resistant to seawater and rust, run more easily, drop better into the anchor load and hardly deepen at all. They require less care and do not suffer as much from salty moisture in the anchor locker. Galvanised chains should be washed regularly with salt water to prevent corrosion. In order to anchor safely, a sufficiently dimensioned anchor rope with chain leader is recommended on smaller boats and yachts. An anchor line with integrated lead weights is the optimal solution, as it allows a horizontal pull at a shorter length. The material of the line should be very abrasion resistant and strong, brand manufacturers supply designed lines and hawsers that are particularly suitable for anchoring. The number of metres of anchor line or chain that makes sense depends not only on the displacement of the ship, but also on the water depth in the areas being sailed.
A useful accessory for the anchor equipment is a claw, which is placed on the chain and covered with a line on a mooring cleat. This takes the strain off the windlass and secures the chain against unintentional running out, for example if the chain sprocket comes loose. Chain claws such as chain shackles, chain catch hooks and chain stoppers are available in a wide variety of designs. High-quality stainless steel is the first choice for all anchoring accessories.