Does anyone have any advice / experience on how to deal with minor scuffs in an anchorage?
We are currently at anchor
in Syracuse, Sicily
has been quite squally and twice in 4 days boats have dragged into us!
The 1st, a small French yacht collected our anchor
on the way, bounced off all 4 sides of us due to awful helming and I finally managed to haul his anchor up with mine and set him on his way. No real damage done due to some fast fendering except for an annoying gouge in my teak
toe rail. And no bloody apology either! This was in daylight.
Last night a 49ft cat bounced un-fendered off our starboard side at 4am. I have checked the hull
as best I can and see no damage there. His davitts bent a guard rail fitting and moved my Bimini
frame but I'm hopeful both will straighten out. At least he had the grace to come over in the morning and say sorry! Polite American gentleman.
The point is this... I haven't dragged nor done anything wrong yet I have a dig in my toe rail and bent fittings and a worry about my hull
.... It's not enough to warrant an insurance
claim but should I just accept this as part of life? How does everyone else deal with this sort of thing?
I fully accept that both incidents were accidents. I am not angry in any way apart from the lack of curtesy of an apology. Sooner or later I'm sure to do something stupid to inconvenience another cruiser! But in the end I'm damaged through no fault of mine!
Just to add moral high ground to my winge... We have a 27kg Manson on 10mm chain with 50m out in 9m water
. The gusts causing the problems aren't frikken hurricanes! The problems come from both boats having undersized anchors or chain. A small Danforth in the 1st case and a 25kg delta
on the cat which must weigh double our weight and twice the windage to boot!