"...For the sailing I'm currently doing 1 (anchor) is enough and if it gets stuck and I lose it I'll just head
home to my mooring
." (quoting from an earlier post on this thread)
I'm glad I don't have insurance
, 'cause everyone else's premiums just went up.
(I don't have any money
left for insurance
premiums given what I've spent on anchors. I'm not particularly bothered, though ... I don't find insurance quite does it for me when it's blowing dogs
off chains, an anchor shackle just failed due to an undetectable flaw, and the motor
is on holiday. Anchors are the technology of last resort.)
If you're sailing in waters where these things --or others equally significant, and requiring a spare 'handbrake' -- are simply not possible, I hope you had a nice time crossing the Jordan on the way there ;-)
I seem to recall
even in the bible, on one occasion, somebody got blown off their anchor and didn't have a spare and had to frap the ship with the warp to avert a sinking.... (they didn't invent diagonal bracing for planked hulls for another 17 centuries or more, and even then it remained largely unadopted, but that's another story, and illustrates how pig-headed tradition can be ... so I'm not of the opinion that received wisdom is necessarily truth)
Getting back on topic (something I try not to make a habit of):
It's beyond me that someone would spend time on a forum like this, who took such evident pride in having to make all his own mistakes
, rather than learn from at least a few by others.
I thought that the visibility of mistakes
was about the best thing the internet
had done for sailors.
(I pre www days, it was one thing the Brits used to excel at, at least in a couple of their better sailing magazines, but it seemingly wasn't cool in other cultures, more's the pity)
I feel pretty bad about how confessional pieces often turn out for the confessor, on the www, though --- the risk is that people who weren't there (and who seem to read the account with care and comprehension turned down to minimum, and superciliousness wound off the scale - and in some cases lack the experience and/or the imagination to add anything to the exercise) will castigate, or belittle, or second-guess the confessor, to a fare-thee-well.
OK, back on topic for (I promise) the last time:
I don't want recommend automatically assuming that whatever is recounted is relevant and worthwhile, but it strikes me that to do what seems like the opposite is equally flawed, as an a priori