I have a small piece of twisted wire which I show people and tell 'em it is my lucky wire. They look at it puzzled and ask me why it is lucky. I say it is lucky I found it.
On my first sail with my new (old) boat, I had spent weeks cleaning
and fixing and had checked the anchor rode
but not closely. The old rusty CQR
was replaced with a shiny new Sarca of about $500 worth. Due to a variety of problems, I ended up returning to the mooring
after a long day on the water
instead of anchoring
out in a choppy sea.
Later, I did check the chain closely, and was stunned to find it was two lengths joined together by fencing wire. If I had anchored for the night, most likely I would have lost
the Sarca and risked life and boat. I shudder to imagine me sleeping soundly, relaxed knowing the anchor
holds so well, but drifting slowly toward the rocks because the wire had given way.
In the anchor well, I also found two shackles, one of which would have been perfect for joining the chain. In a box in the cabin
were a half dozen shackles. Makes me wonder about the previous owner who used the wire but also makes me blush that I did not adequately check such a key safety
item as the chain.
Can you spot what is wrong in this picture?