Those already anchored can be jerks too.
Over the holidays, we had occasion to anchor in Lake Silvia, Fort Lauderdale
, twice. The first time, there was plenty of room, we backed down and it stuck great. No problemo. I always back down almost excessively to gain piece of mind.
On the way back from Miami
, we arrived at Lake Siliva after dark, and the wind was starting to pick up. Forecast
was some pretty good wind all night and into the next day. It was important to do it right. It was a little more crowded. We go over to a nice big spot (which, in itself might be warning of a problem...), back down, sticks at first, then pops out. Up comes the anchor and we do it again in a little different spot. Same result.
So we go to the other side of the anchorage and pick another spot with enough room. We are backing down, and inevitably it doesn't stick at first, but then we are stuck. Unfortunately, we are probably too close to this couple from London England
. Had the anchor stuck where we chose, it would have been no problem, but it took a while, and we were probably too close. Maybe not, but probably.
Immediately, the couple comes on deck
yelling and screaming that we need to move to the other side of the anchorage, that we are dangerously close, etc. etc. etc.
Can you give me a few minutes here? We just came in from a half day trip, tried to anchor three times. We are finally stuck, but, perhaps, not exactly in the most idea spot. If you were paying attention, you would see that we didn't just drop right here next to you, we were hoping to stick way up there.
We moved, found a spot still near them, but in more than an acceptable location and had no further incident. No further communication from them. They were jerks.