Rond anchor – set up and use

A rond anchor is intended to be used when mooring on a bank where there are no mooring stakes, posts, rings or cleats where you can fasten your painters. There are two painters on the boat, one fixed to the bow and one to the stern. Both of them end in an eye splice, a loop of rope made without a knot.

How to rig a rond anchor

Before use the rond anchor must be attached to the painter. Firstly, find the anchors, they are normally stored in the forepeak. This is what one looks like.

Rond anchor

Rond anchor

To attach the painter take the end with the eye splice and pass the loop of the splice through the metal ring and then put the loop over the pointed end of the anchor like this…

Rond anchor - being rigged

Rond anchor - being rigged

Now slide the loop along the anchor, past the bend and pull it tight like this…

Rond anchor - fully rigged

Rond anchor - fully rigged

How to use a rond anchor

Where possible use the rond anchor at the full extent of the painter with the two painters pulling outwards at between 30 and 45 degrees each. You need a soft, but not loose, piece of bank. Many reeded banks give you this as the reed roots are well matted and wet. Mud banks are fine except in a dry period where your anchor cannot penetrate the hardened bank.

Rond anchor mooring

Rond anchor mooring

Having found your spot hold the anchor like a hand axe with the point forwards. With the painter almost taut, raise it high and, using a chopping motion, dig it into the gound with one blow. Sometimes it will not go in far enough for safety. In that case stand on the ring with the heel of one foot to hold it vertical and stamp on the bend in the anchor to drive it into the ground.