Settings / Anchor Monitor
The Anchor Monitor can (1) estimate the location of the anchor on the
seabed and (2) trigger an alarm when your it detects Own-Ship
moving too far from that location.
This monitor improves on the simple alarm most mariners are
accustomed to. When setting your anchor, the monitor estimates the
actual location on the seabed where the anchor is set. It does this
by accounting for the GPS antenna's position relative to the bow,
your current heading, and the scope you have let out. After the
anchor is set, the estimated location is displayed, along with the
predicted circle of swing and alarm circle.
The extra accuracy can be helpful when you wake up in the middle of
the night and check if your anchor is dragging. You can clearly see
the location and orientation of your vessel relative to the original
estimated anchor location and swing circle. Improved accuracy may
allow use of a smaller alarm radius, so you can get an earlier
warning when dragging begins. It can also be helpful when
maneuvering your vessel's bow above the anchor to raise it.
All calculations are based on the location where the anchor
(normally) attaches to your vessel, the bow. The Monitor uses your
vessel's size, position of GPS antenna, (as specified in the Vessel
True-scale settings) and heading to identify the location of your
bow. It works best when using your vessel's GPS with a fixed antenna
location on your vessel. When using an mobile device, of course
results will vary as the device is moved within the vessel.
If all this sounds complicated, that is fine. You can use a value of
zero for Scope. Then the Alarm Distance can be
used in similar manner to a basic anchor alarm. You may also want to
use a zero scope in more complex anchoring situations, such as when
using multiple anchors.
The advanced features for tracking the location of your anchor are
intended to improve the accuracy of information available to
help determine if the anchor is dragging. There are still many
sources of error.
This feature is primarily focused on helping to determine if the
anchor is dragging. As such, it attempts to track movement of the
vessel's bow, where the anchor is normally attached. In particular,
the dashed alarm circle on
the Navigate display indicate the
maximum swing of the bow.
The term scope is used here somewhat loosely. Here it is
intended to correspond to the horizontal distance of the bow from
the anchor. This does not account for the vertical drop to the
seabed and so may be somewhat less than the actual amount of
chain/rode that has been let out.
If you are using an iPad, you may also want to enable the Use
Internal Heading Sensor. Keep the iPad facing forward toward
For best results, we recommend setting the size of Own-Ship vessel
and location of your cockpit (if you are using your iPad's GPS) or
the location of your GPS antenna (if you are using an NMEA feed from
your vessel). This allows SEAiq to infer the position of the bow
and factor that into initial anchor placement and alarms.
We recommend setting the anchor position during the normal process of
anchoring, at the point when the anchor has been physically set into
the seabed and Own-Ship is backed up on it. The rode should be
somewhat straight and the bow pointed toward where the
anchor is set. At that point you should also know approximately how
much scope is out.
Set the Scope Radius according to how much chain/rode you
have let out. As discussed above, this value is really the
horizontal swing radius and should be somewhat lower to account for
the depth in which you are anchoring.
Switch the Set Anchor switch to ON. SEAiq will
then estimate the location of the anchor in the seabed based on
Own-Ship's current position, shape, heading, and the scope you
specified above. This also enables the alarm below.
If necessary, adjust the Alarm Length to indicate the
additional distance beyond the Scope Radius should cause an
alarm to be triggered. This amount can be used to account for
inaccuracies in the Scope Radius, GPS, and other factors.
If you find you are getting "false alarms," you may want to increase
the Alarm Length. In many cases, this value can remain the
same between uses.
Set the Enable Alarm switch to ON. An alarm will
now be generated when the bow moves more than the sum of
the Scope Radius and Alarm Length from the
estimated location of the anchor.
If using the alarm, check that the Keep Awake setting
The Navigate tab will show:
- A black anchor symbol at the estimated location of the anchor.
- Two black dotted circles. The inner circle indicates the scope
radius which is the expected range of the bow. The outer circle
shows the swinging radius of the stern.
- A dashed circle for the alarm radius. An alarm will fire if the
bow moves beyond this circle.
You need to be at most 1:20,000 scale for circles to be shown.
After setting the anchor, you can change it by single-tapping on the
anchor to select it and dragging it to a new location. You can also
graphicly adjust the scope and alarm distance by tapping them and
dragging them to a new distance.
If an alarm is generated, you will first want to ensure the vessel is
safe. If you feel the alarm was generated unnecessarily, you may
want to increase the Alarm Length.
: Enabling this sets an anchor monitor.
: Enable this if you want an alarm generated if Own-Ship moves too far from where the anchor was set.
: This is the estimated scope or swing radius currently used for your anchor.
: This is the extra distance the bow can move beyond the scope, beyond which an alarm is generated.
(Only SEAiq Pilot) : Enable this if you want to use Shackles for anchor-related units.