Here are some reminders from Practical Sailor of what to look for when inspecting your ground tackle.
Your anchoring system is only as strong as its weakest component, which includes not only the rode, but also shackles, splices, mooring bitts, cleats – in short, any gear used to secure your boat while at anchor. Proper maintenance includes inspection of these as well as laying the rode out for thorough examination at least annually.
Start by inspecting your anchor. Are there bent flukes or other such damage? If galvanized, is the coating in good shape or are there areas of rust and corrosion? Read More