Oh dear good lordy some of the old-timers may be salivating at the thought of renewing the Anchor Wars. But is there a way you could have worked guns
, corruption, excess law enforcement zeal, marine
sanitation devices, fickle customs
officers, boater licensing, and whacko crew in with the anchors so as to maximize entertainment value? Then we could haul out
the economy size popcorn for this thread.
What bottom types do you anchor in?
Do you already have an anchor winch
? Manual? With chain gypsy
or not? What size? What size rope
and/or chain is it designed to handle? Heavy duty bow roller?
Do you have strong young backs or bad ones?
Do you have good coordination between the helm
and bow crew (hand signals etc.)?
Do you need to be able to anchor solo?
How well insured is the boat and how nervous are you about protecting her?
How big is your anchor locker
? How much other stowage down below? Room for a few hundred pounds of ground tackle?
Do you have a good list of "hurricane holes" or storm refuges for your route
and what is the worst-case exposure in any of the places where you cruise
Is your mast
tall enough to force you to avoid some protected passages such as portions of the ICW
? Does your keel depth
limit access to any ports
of refuge in your cruising area?
Would your crew have the stamina to check and adjust chafing gear
and ground tackle through the duration of a blow? Is the crew well protected on deck
and is the bow a secure place to work in bad conditions?
In case of a storm prediction, how quickly can you reduce the windage of your boat? And how much windage and weight does your boat have in the first place? Is it a big towering power sportfisher or a long skinny traditional sailboat? Does the shape of the boat work for anchoring
fore and aft if necessary?
In a blow, would you trust your life with being able to use your engine(s) to relieve pressure on the anchors?
Would you anchor in crowded moorings where you need to compensate for limited scope
by using heavier anchors and rode
Do you scuba
or have a system for retrieving a fouled anchor?
Does your boat tend to "sail" or "hunt" at anchor? How does your boat lie at anchor when wind