When preparing to anchor, bring the bow of the vessel into the wind or current. Place the engine in neutral. When the boat comes to a stop, slowly lower the anchor. Do not throw the anchor over as it will tend to foul the anchor or tangle line. When the anchor line has been let out, back up away from the anchor with the engine in idle reverse to help set the anchor. After it is firmly set, use reference points (landmarks) in relation to the boat to be sure that the boat is not drifting. Check the points frequently.