Confused About Kedging? Not Anymore!

By Matt Claiborne

What is Kedging?

Kedging is the act of moving a boat by pulling it toward a set anchor.

In the old days, before diesel motors and steam power, ships had to be kedged out of tight ports and down tight tidal rivers.

Imagine how those massive square-rigged ships might have maneuvered in and out of their slips at the town pier

Likewise, imagine the ship’s small boats, loaded with sailors, heaving the kedge anchor out to where it needed to be set and more sailors hauling on the line.

Now you have some idea of the laborious art of kedging.

Kedging vs Kedging Anchor

Kedge (noun) describes the anchor itself. These days a smaller anchor you keep on board is used as a kedge when needed.

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