1，Check your chart for bottom characteristics and to determine that you are anchoring in a safe and allowable place. If there are rocks, shoals, reefs or other boats to consider, give them all as wide a berth as possible. Remember that other boats will often have different requirements for anchor rode length--larger or taller boats frequently need a great deal of rode. Also, keep in mind a possible swing of 360 degrees about the anchor with wind shifts or current changes.
2，If your crew is not already wearing PFDs, have them put one on before going forward to set or retrieve an anchor or mooring.
3，Secure the bitter end of the anchor line to a bow cleat. Make sure the line is ready to run free once tossed overboard.,
4，Head into the wind or current. Reduce speed and reverse the engine. When the boat starts to make a slight sternway through the water, lower - do not throw - the anchor.
5，After you've let about a third of your line out, tug the anchor line to see how firmly it's set, and then continue to release the rode.,
6，Once you let out an appropriate amount of scope, make sure the line is properly tied off on the bow cleat.
7，Even if anchoring only in designated anchoring areas, it is always prudent to have the appropriate signal such as an all-around white light on to notify other boats that you are anchored at night. During the day you must display a ball shape which is sized according to the size of your boat.