“I steer from the port side, so I throw the ball off that side to keep an eye on the anchor rode and ensure it stays clear of the engines,” Stanley explains. “As I idle forward, the ball slides down the rode, changing its angle, and the buoyancy of the ball dislodges the anchor and pulls it straight up to the surface. Then I just turn the boat away from the rope to keep it out of the props.” Once the ball is on top, Stanley steers toward it, taking advantage of the slack to retrieve the anchor rode and coil it in the anchor locker. If the ball is down-sea, he idles up-current before shifting the motors to neutral. The boat then drifts toward the ball as the anchor rode is recovered.