Inspired by the first comment here, and considering they are called "boats", do flying boats carry anchors?

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    $\begingroup$ A quick google search (I just searched for "flying boat anchor") finds en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blohm_%26_Voss_BV_138 which shows an image titled "Blohm & Voss BV 138 at anchor on Lake Siutghiol, near Constanta, Romania in 1943." So, yes, at least some do, or at least did. $\endgroup$ – Greg Hewgill Aug 15 '17 at 21:31
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    $\begingroup$ And if they carry anchors, are they different from normal heavy boat anchors? Weight is not so much as issue ona boat. $\endgroup$ – Koyovis Aug 15 '17 at 22:05
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    $\begingroup$ Unfortunately there is no english translation, but the swiss law regarding the swiss and german lake constance implies that all kinds of floating devices (except smaller rowing- and sail boats, but including seaplanes) have to carry anchors. $\endgroup$ – flawr Aug 15 '17 at 22:29
  • $\begingroup$ @Koyovis there are a multitude of anchor types; some of them rely more on mechanically getting purchase on the bottom than just using weight to remain in place. This is equally true for say, small sailboats, where reducing weight makes the anchor both easier to store and use. $\endgroup$ – Erin Anne Aug 20 '17 at 4:10

According to a story in Flying Magazine Nov 1956, the Grumman SA-16 Albatross in that story (see page 58) carried an anchor.

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For pre-flight, the FAA says:

Check that necessary marine and safety equipment, such as life vests, lines (ropes), anchors, and paddles are present, in good condition, and stowed correctly.

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(wikimedia.org) Nose access on the Albatross.

The answer seems yes.

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    $\begingroup$ Paddles! Never thought of that. That plane is gorgeous, where's the image from? $\endgroup$ – Diego Sánchez Aug 16 '17 at 8:24
  • $\begingroup$ @DiegoSánchez - the blue one was from here. It's a Grumman G-21 Goose. $\endgroup$ – ymb1 Aug 16 '17 at 8:33
  • $\begingroup$ Love it. Thanks $\endgroup$ – Diego Sánchez Aug 16 '17 at 8:46
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    $\begingroup$ Is anyone else super confused about the size of that tire and what its doing underwater? ;) $\endgroup$ – Dave Aug 17 '17 at 2:19
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    $\begingroup$ @Dave - What tire?! The answer now comes with an Easter egg. $\endgroup$ – ymb1 Aug 17 '17 at 13:40

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