In an anchorage I have moved to recently, I am presented with a challenge:
The anchorage has a current
that sets (and drifts) East and West.
Not far from this anchorage is the main channel for the entire region, full of lobster and fishing
boats on weekdays and absolutely choked with recreational vessels all weekend. This main channel also runs East/West.
The open ocean (Atlantic) is in a SW direction from the anchorage.
So... what is happening is that my boat is facing East or West (due to current
, which is a few knots). This means I'm broadside to ocean swells entering from the SW and also (more annoyingly) to the incredible number of wakes from the main channel.
I was thinking about setting an stern anchor
to keep myself oriented in a South-South West type direction, but I have a question:
Is it wise/safe to set a stern anchor
in such a current?
If you picture a boat sitting *across* a current with an anchor out in either direction, straddling the direction of the current, my mind's eye finds that there would be more force on the anchors than if you simply had one anchor out - and that one anchor was simply holding the boat into the current.
Is that little assumption correct?
I envision it like when your boat is standing off a dock
due to wind
. Sometimes, you have to push the dockline *down* or *up* to gain the mechanical advantage to pull it closer to the dock
. The current in this case would be given the same "mechanical advantage" in this case, wouldn't it?
What other ways are there to deal with such a situation, anchoring
in a current of a few knots?
PS: I don't even know if the stern anchor will work because I have 10ft tides here and there is a heck of a lot of slack in the anchor line at low tide when the scope
goes out to nearly 20:1.
Any input or advice?