We sailed into Boquerone, PR. It was a very quiet trip across the Mona Passage
, but the anticipation was stressful. We cleared customs
and immigration, then stayed on the boat for another day, being just a little uneasy in the anchorage. We were on a Crealock
37, with a 35# CQR, with 5/16 hi-tensile chain. I believe more scope
is better. After waiting for two days, we decided to do laundry
, and left the boat for a couple of hours. When we came back, the boat was gone. Panic set in, then we saw her on the horizon. Another cruiser saw what was going on, and took us out in his faster dinghy
, all the time telling me everything I had done wrong. Not enough scope, didn't back down on the anchor, no snubber... When we got to the boat I fired up the engine
, and with our new aquaintance watching, brought in the chain. It kept coming and coming. He finally admitted that we had a good amount of chain out, and there was a snubber. When the CQR finally came to the surface, there was the head
of a mop on the anchor.
It was the only time in 10 years that the boat had dragged, other than not setting the first or second set, when we were in an anchrage with a difficult bottom.
The story made it along the Coconut Telegraph, and we had to live with the ribbing for a couple of years.
I had/have complete confidence in the CQR, with a Bruce as a second anchor, and a Fortress
as the third backup, which was also used when we had to put an anchor off the quater to keep the bow into the waves.
sv Keep on Dancin'/keep on mopping