Reduce the load on your anchor and provide for more elasticity of your anchor chain by using a snubber. Mysailing offers tips for when and how to use snubbers and bridles.
If you anchor often enough a time will occur when your yacht is brought up abruptly against the hold of your chain and anchor. Initially it might be a gentle bump but, as the wind increases, it can become quite aggressive and frightening.
Snatching at anchor is debilitating for crew and, at worst, is probably the most common cause of an anchor dragging. So minimising the effect is beneficial. Read More