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Old 18-07-2011, 20:21   #1
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Challenge: How to Stop Rolling at Anchor

any thoughts on how to slow down the rolling at anchor or mooring ball?

I was thinking of putting 2 five gallon empty plastic buckets over each side so they could fill with water,,,tied to the cleat they should help counter act the roll,,,any thoughts on this

boat is a 35 footer ,,,,just trying to stop the roll a little
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Old 18-07-2011, 20:24   #2
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Re: how to stop rolling at anchor

Flopper Stopper - How to make a simple roll reducer

http://www.myboatsgear.com/mbg/product.asp?prodID=1628
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Old 18-07-2011, 20:40   #3
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Re: how to stop rolling at anchor

Oh, that's funny. I almost fell off my chair... when I was MUCH younger we were told that a "flopper stopper" was a German brassiere. (You have to imagine a Germanic accent saying it)
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Old 18-07-2011, 20:47   #4
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Re: how to stop rolling at anchor

Good link Deepfrz ... made a pair just like it out of ply. Very simple, easy to build and effective. Some here have seen the "birds" the commercial guys use I'm sure. Pretty elaborate, but I understand they get used underway as well.
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Old 18-07-2011, 20:50   #5
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Re: how to stop rolling at anchor

Two ex-wives poled out about about 12 feet port and starboard should do it... Capt Phil
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Old 18-07-2011, 20:55   #6
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Two ex-wives poled out about about 12 feet port and starboard should do it... Capt Phil
I only have one,,can i use the ex mother in law for the other side????
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Whatever stops the flops, CaptainKJ... CP
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Old 18-07-2011, 21:00   #8
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Re: how to stop rolling at anchor

or try a stern anchor into the waves, we used that effectively in Sapzurro, Columbia. There's an entire chapter of a book written on how to bridle your boat from the mooring facing the waves not the wind. But if you're on a mooring, maybe there's not room to bridle or stern anchor?
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Re: how to stop rolling at anchor

Davis makes an interesting product called a Rocker Stopper.
Rocker Stopper by Davis

It says they can also be used as a drift anchor.
I've never tried them so I can't comment on their effectiveness.
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Re: how to stop rolling at anchor

Get a catmaran
Problem solved

and cruisingunderpower flopper_stoppers
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Re: how to stop rolling at anchor

Nice simple design DeepFrz. I have only seen the hinged type before.

Another approach at anchor is to put a rolling hitch (or alternate friction knot) on the anchor rode, run the rope to the down-wave beam of the boat, and use the rope to bring the bow into the wave pattern. (GordMay, etc, posted on this a few times.)

I.e. create a bridle with the main rode on the bow, and the warp to the beam.
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Re: how to stop rolling at anchor

Water in buckets over the side may make it worse. The same buckets hoisted to the top of the mast would work well. The stern anchor is one of the best ways. The most expensive way is to buy a catamaran.
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boat is a 35 footer ,,,,just trying to stop the roll a little
what sort of 35 footer? Power? Sail? Hull type?
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Get a catmaran
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That's right. Catamarans are not affected by either wind or wave.
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Re: how to stop rolling at anchor

I think CMD was indicating that cats dont roll at anchor. Nothing more or less. I dont think he was indicating not affected by wind or wave. Its one of the many reasons I moved into cats.
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