The eye came within 36 - 40 miles of George Town by my plotting. I think the biggest lesson here is not what ground tackle ( though obviously it is very important ) it was location. It was all about location. We had the boat at red shanks which offered 360 protection with fairly high land. The seabed was lumpy soft sand with weeds scattered about. The other boats that did well all had good northern protection or were in the hurricane
holes at stocking island on good moorings with 360 protection.
We had a Manson Supreme 45lb with 175feet of 3/8 chain and about 30-40 feet of 5/8 braid this was about 14:1. Our primary snubber was of Estarzinger design 3/8 three-strand with a dyneema
tail on boat side. See snubber thread for more info. We also had lots of cheafe guard, two layers on the snubber not counting the endurabraid cover. We had to anchored twice, the fist spot had too much weeds, even though the anchor
dug in well, it looked hinky and I did not like it (I'm the one who dives the anchor). Second time brian dropped the anchor
in the perfect spot. we let it sit for a while, then I swam out and reposition it a bit and then we did a slow easy back down with the engine
, starting at1500rpms ending at 3500 rpms. This was Wednesday and conditions were already pretty rough, so the anchor did not have too much settle time. The anchor was completely buried with only a thin line of shank showing, roll bar was not visible. Down wind
of the anchor was a upward slope, Brian intentionally tries to put the anchor in this kind of hole. If it drug, it would need to drag up hill ( make sense? ).
We debated whether to put out a second anchor but decided the risk for the second anchor to foul the first was too great, we did not know what the dominant wind
direction was going to be. The weather
forecasters, including our paid weather
router, just did not know what the storm was going to do. If we had more time, we might of played around with anchor configurations but the winds were already getting high enough to make a rough rough dinghy
ride to land so we needed to get off or there would be no getting off.