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Every hobby or profession has its superstitions. Do you have a lucky shirt you wear when you watch your favorite sports team, and do you believe they won’t win if you aren’t wearing it? That’s a superstition. 

Boaters are no different, and there are some common superstitions with strange origins. So if you’re looking for boats for sale in Palm Beach county, get ready to encounter a few of these:

1. Cats Bring Good Luck

There’s no word on whether the luck gets canceled out by bringing a traditionally unlucky black cat. 

This superstition stems from cats being excellent at eliminating vermin, which in centuries past, constantly infested boats. Rats and mice ate ships’ food, chewed through wood, and carried disease — yes, even the bubonic plague. 

While it’s true that fleas carried the Black Death, and the fleas actually preferred humans, it’s not like the rats were helping, either.

2. No Redheads!

Now, this might sound like sailors were being particularly unfair, but remember, there was a time when everyone thought redheads were unlucky. 

According to this superstition, the only way sailors could avoid bad juju if they ran across a redhead was to speak first. If the redhead spoke to the sailor first, too bad — the sailor was riddled with bad luck. They also wouldn’t allow redheads on board the ship.

3. No Bananas, Either

No, sailors didn’t have a fear that they would slip on the peel in a comical fashion. Just like the lucky cat phenomenon, this one’s also based on fact. 

Bananas release ethylene gas that can ripen other fruits faster than they would ripen otherwise, meaning entire shipments could spoil before reaching their destination. Also, the bananas could harbor venomous spiders — and they still can.

4. Don’t Rename a Ship

Let’s say you’re shopping for boats in Palm Beach. You find one you like, but the boat’s name is “An Angel Named Linda,” you know a Linda, and you hate her guts. Well, you’re stuck with the name if you want to survive on the water. 

Once upon a time, sailors thought boats only took on a life of their own once they were named and christened. Changing the name was bad luck, or worse, an attempt to fool the gods of the sea — or it could be that changing the name of a reputable ship made it more difficult when trading at ports of call.

5. No Women on Board

Yes, this one is real, and yes, they thought women would distract the sailors, make them all jealous, and cause the ship to wreck.

Boats for Sale in Palm Beach County Are NOT Unlucky

Remember, these are just superstitions. Unless you are a redheaded banana trader worried about rats spreading the plague on your renamed ship, you should be fine picking out the perfect boat.

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First, let’s talk about why anchoring a boat properly is important. If you want to enjoy a cool cove or watch an air show at the beach, your anchor will fix your boat exactly where you want it. But your boat’s anchor is also a safety tool. If your engine dies, your anchor will keep you from drifting out of control.

Anchors are simple devices. When shopping for Palm Beach boats for sale, make sure the boat you’re considering has one. To make sure you’re using the anchor right, follow these tips:

Ensure Your Anchor Is Working

No, your anchor probably won’t break. But you will need to test if your anchor is keeping your boat in place or letting it float away. If your anchor isn’t, well, anchored, you’ll experience “anchor drag.” Instead of holding firm to the bottom, the anchor drags along. 

Using GPS, a bottom finder, or a chart plotter, you can determine whether your boat still moves even when the anchor’s been dropped. You can also use fixed reference points on shore to tell if you’re not staying put.

Know the Sea Floor

To avoid anchor drag, have a good idea of what’s at the bottom of the water. Is it sand? Clay? Rocks? Grass? You’ll need to have an anchor that works best for the given material. Some anchors work better than others in certain cases, though many anchors are “all-rounders” that can work equally well in all conditions.

Go Into the Current

To get your anchor to dig into the bottom properly, aim your boat to face the current or headwind. Move beyond the point at which you want your boat to sit, and drop your anchor. Get rid of the stretch in your rope once you’re at your desired scope by snubbing up on the cleat. 

If you put your boat in reverse, this can help the anchor catch or help you determine that it did not catch. Either way, it’s useful information.

Don’t Tie to the Stern

When you tie your anchor to the stern, you might end up pulling the stern underwater. This possibility is more likely to be an issue if your anchor gets stuck. If you did tie the anchor to the stern and it gets stuck, you’ll have to cut the anchor loose.

Shop Palm Beach Boats for Sale (with Working Anchors)

Any West Palm Beach boat dealer worth their salt will not sell a boat with a faulty anchor. Still, it’s up to you,the buyer, to make sure that all functions of the boat are in proper working order. 

Get an inspection done to give yourself peace of mind and ask lots of questions. Finally, you may want to practice dropping anchor in a shallow, lower consequence area if you have doubts about your anchoring abilities.