If you're lying at a different angle to all the other boats, figure you're probably dragging. Or, if the speedometer indicates movement (and you're not lying in any current) then you surely are. In a squall, it's likely to be immediately obvious if you're dragging - but then there's the creeping drag, which happens more slowly, especially after you've wandered all round the anchor in some calms. In the latter case, there's more time to respond. You either reset the anchor under power, or let out some more rode (if there's room) and reset. If this doesn't do the trick, then re-anchor. In the former case it can be a life or death situation (for the boat) so quick action is needed as listed below.
NOTE: We always kept the dinghy tied to side of the mother boat at night. This meant that if we had to move quickly, we didn't have to worry about getting it's painter wrapped round the propellor when we turned on the engine.
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