Terms & Glossaries of Shipping and Trading

Anchor Ball

A round black shape hoisted in the forepart of a vessel to show that it is anchored.

What is Anchor Ball?

An anchor ball is a round fender with enough buoyancy to support a rode and anchor. A 20-inch-diameter ball has approximately 180 pounds of buoyancy and is the most popular size used by seasoned skippers. To this ball, it's common to affix a three-foot trace of the line.