Where and how to store a few hundred feet of nylon anchor line can present quite a problem on a small craft. Because a boat’s anchor line is its “emergency brake,” the anchor should always be ready for instant use. Most anchors can be carried securely and neatly outside on the craft’s forward deck. The anchor line, however, should be stored inside and out of the weather. Many boats come equipped with anchor chocks on the deck and an appropriate through-deck fitting, called a deck pipe that permits the line to be fed from the anchor through the deck’s surface and into an anchor line storage area. Below deck, a means must be provided to keep the line from tangling when stored. There is one way to keep an anchor line ready to pay out quickly, and that is to store it on a reel just like fishing line.