Originally Posted by jackdale
My Garmin GPS map 76cx has an anchor alarm
I never use one. I ensure that I have sufficient scope
and am well set. I sleep better that way.
Originally Posted by bobconnie
If some dummy can cut my anchor chain with his power boat
!! I will sure feel it and hear it as his engines dump as they wrap up my chain !! LOL there is something to be said for proper anchoring
equipment!! It relieves many worrys!! Just sayin spend your boat dollars on good anchoring
equpiment, and ya won't have to worry about things like dragging !
Bob, Connie and jackdale,
I agree. I wrote this on another forum about anchor alarms:
I'll start off by admitting that I am odd. I anchor in two of the same places on an almost weekly basis.
Both are protected "basins" that have little change in wind
is usually from the west or northwest when I anchor, and in the morning I wake up with the boat facing east with little or no wind.
Sometimes I'll anchor in a different place where the current
changes and have reported on those techniques, in reply to John R's comments, in the Sailing or Cruising Discussion forum. Anchoring lesson learned - Catalina 36 International Association Forums
I have also anchored in tidal rivers with reversing currents, fore and aft.
Perhaps because of the predictable winds, or lack thereof, and no storm fronts moving through, I never hesitate to go below after the anchor is set (by backing down on it) and have a quiet peaceful night with no interruptions.
Only twice in the last 14 years have I ever even thought about setting an anchor alarm, and that only to see what would be recorded on the GPS track feature.
Perhaps I have the advantage of having good anchorages
that I frequent, but I simply have no need to use an anchor alarm, or get up in the middle of the night.
I am sure that if I was in a different part of the country, I might use one, if regular major wind shifts and velocities occurred.
I find that good anchoring gear
and knowledge of the paces I anchor in makes a BIG difference.