What do you do when you have your anchor, chain and snubber out, all is fine, blowing 10 - 15 knots, anchor nicely set and then a 50 knot
squall comes in at 2 am and you start dragging towards that reef in the darkness and rain behind you? The reef was 200 m behind you when you anchored, but now it is close enough to hear the waves crashing on it but you can't see anything. The GPS
show that you have already dragged 100 m. The depth
is 10 m and dropping.
1. Haul in your chain, unhook the snubber, motor
upwind in the blackness and 50 knot
winds, trying to avoid the coral
bombies you saw so clearly in the day, reanchor with greater scope
and put the snubber back on.
2. You realise there is not enough scope
and you can't release more chain because your snubber is too short, so you attach various mooring lines to the snubber and then increase the scope, hoping the anchor will bite in again before you drag on to the reef.
3. You are prepared for this and have 150' of snubber and just let out more chain and snubber.
4. You throw out your second anchor with much more scope than your first anchoring
attempt and pray that this will set before you hit the reef. Your mental calculations indicate this will be a close thing with a depth
of 10 m and the coral
now significantly less than 100 m away. You watch the depthsounder with fear, peer into the darkness off the stern, listen to the waves crashing on the reef and pray.
5. You have never thought about this and don't want to think about it now, so you go back to your bunk, secure in the knowledge that you have your boat insured and await the crunch of coral on your hull