Originally Posted by dana-tenacity
Or sail slowly downwind, pick your spot and kick the anchor
ove, keep sailing, when the anchor
sets you will spin like a top head
, drop sails
I don't recommend sailing downwind to the anchoring
spot because it is tough to spill wind
from the sails
... unless you do so under staysail or jib
. In that case, given your headsail sheets
pass through fairleads and the bitter ends of your sheets
are figure-eighted(terminated with a figure-eight stopper knot), put the rudder
hard over just as you reach your desired spot, saunter forward and drop the hook. You don't have to worry about the sheets fouling anything because they can't run overboard
due to being stoppered and having to pass through a fairlead, whether it be a bullseye or a block. Either is sufficient to stop the bitter end going overboard
You won't need to ease sheets because on a down wind leg they are already eased. You won't have the sail on the deck
in the way, because it will still be hanked on. You won't have drive from the sail because it will be flogging gently due to the eased sheets.
All you need do is pay out sufficient rode
for the depth
of the chosen spot.
With all chain use 15m (50ft) in depths less than 5m(16ft) and 3 X the depth
for deeper depths. With nylon the ratio is 7X depth. If you use a 44# bruce, help your anchor bite in difficult bottoms by grinding the side flukes to a chisel point. So modified, the bruce will dig through crust and turtle grass. This is something you cannot do to a CQR
, and those anchors are limited to mud and bare sand bottoms.
Much has been said regarding setting the anchor immediately. Given sufficient anchor weight and a reasonable bottom, it is actually better to let the wind work the anchor into the bottom. Bruce Van Sant in particular, preferred this method.