Originally Posted by Dulcesuenos
The Bahamas have fast changing tides with alot of current
in some places. This necessitates having a very fast setting anchor everytime your boat switches directions. Sadly most claws di not do this. If you Bahamian moor, it should be ok be we rarely.did that. We had great luck with our Manson supreme.
My primary anchor on my last Bahamas cruise
was a 45 pound Manson Supreme on 150 feet of 5/16" chain with 200 feet of line (that I almost never got to when anchoring) on a 42 foot Catalina
. It held in everything including a few 45 knot
blows. But, still when I go back, I will probably have a Manson 60 instead, just to sleep a little better at night.
My secondary anchor was a 33 pound CQR
on 50 feet of 5/16 inch chain and 150 feet of line, and I don't even plan on taking it as a spare next time.
I think the deepest water
I ever anchored in, in the Bahamas was about 35 feet. Usually, it's 10 to 15 feet, either sand, or sand on top of concrete like coral
, with varying thicknesses of sand. You do want chain as there as there are a lot of coral heads that could cut through a line road pretty fast I would think.
Another issue is the wind versus current thing in the Bahamas. You get a lot of current in most places from the tides and the wind frequently changes direction as fronts come through.
I've used the Bahamian Moor, I've put out two anchors on the bow and I've just anchored on one. Most of the time, I really think the best way to go is one good over-sized anchor, of a quick setting design, and chain and make it your primary system. It's nice to have some back ups though. I also had a 33 pound Bruce that is somewhere on the Bahama Banks right now (don't ask
) so you definitely want some back up systems, too.
The snuggling syndrome is often quite bad in the Bahamas as a lot of people just anchor exactly where the Explorer Charts
tell them is a good anchorage. There are a lot of good places to anchor besides those and finding them is part of the fun (more fun if you have the right anchoring gear).