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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Dragging in the night



One of the worries of living on a boat is having the anchor drag. Of course, this usually happens in the night.

During the night the winds changed directions. I woke up with the wind and waves hitting the boat broadside. Even in what's a fairly protected anchorage, 40+ mph wind gusts take their toll. I'm guessing my anchor dragged some, but probably less than ten feet. Still, nothing to take lightly.

I decided to lengthen the lines tying the boat to the mangroves. That allowed the boat to meet the winds at a better angle. As soon as the sun came up I paddled a second anchor into the wind, tossed it out of the kayak then set it from the boat. Then I felt a lot more secure.

This boat just north of us was very well anchored but even he was adjusting his lines early in the morning.


The high winds are supposed last all day and through the night.

-Sixbears

8 comments:

  1. Tying off to the mangroves or other non-movable object. My idea exactly!

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    1. It's the way it is done here. Allows more boats to fit in.

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  2. Those other two are in awfully tight, that's when dragging anchor is REALLY bad!

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    1. The furthest one wasn't that close the night before. They dragged.

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  3. Well, if the wind is blowing in the direction you are heading, you should make excellent time today.

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    1. I think it's a laundry and lunch out day.

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  4. I'm sure trying to sleep anchored when the wind is strong is unsettling. As you know anchoring is two parts,part science; type of bottom, anchor design, anchor size, chain size-weight-length and part money! :-) Have fun ashore. Thanks for the pic, looks like a pretty nice spot to be.

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    1. We like it here, but moving on soon. Anchoring also has an element of luck to it.

      One guy in here dragged because his anchor caught a fishing pole on the bottom.

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