Is the anchor obsolete? Okay, that’s a trick question. From the standpoint of boating in general, the anchor will probably never be obsolete because it is a safety item no boat should be without. And if your cruising includes overnight stays or if stops in secluded coves for sun and a swim are on your agenda, the anchor is your best friend. But if you are a fisherman who enjoys catching any bottom species, you’ll find a lot to like in new technology that, in some ways, makes the anchor a thing of the past. Here’s an example from personal experience.