relaxing at anchor is no easy task... one must be confident in skills as well as in the tackle chosen to be used.
yes confidence is everything.
i was using a system i was ssecure in using until i dragged one night in mazatlan... chain fell into a trough and i plowed the bay bottom farming a place to reset. ok.. being sola, i used fo9ne to calla friend who found me a pangero to help for one night for 400 pesos to help stand anchor watch=no sleep.
my secondary anchor was placed when i arrived at next destination
. first month i was anchored with old system and was ok. went into marina for repairs
and came back out using my bruce with chain. ok.. anchor upgrade number one--bottoms in mexico
are perfect for bruce.
ok so what does this have to do with sleep?? getting there...be patient. stop growling....
while in la cruz de huanacaxtle, well known as a terrible anchorage as it is unprotected from anything whatsoever and is really choppy most of time, there were a few boats that dragged vs experienced chafe of rope rode
mine was not one of those. i was happy.
i did find the huge rock 2 1/2 ft below surface in the anchorage, however=no sleep, and a relocation.
ok... manual windlass
is adequate for this....
zihuatenejo has a protected from winds (except from due south)anchorage with normal 1 -2 meter swell. not to bad, and lots better than la cruz de huanacaxtle. we anchored well and set her hard. no problem
as i have bruce in rocky bottoms i slept well. i had 160 ft down with rocks holding me well. even held thru the guy with rocna
that failed for a change lol while anchoring and plowing up my chain..lol... his system fail was easy to spot, as he was trying to anchor ON a large rock. ok... no sweat.
when we pulled out, upping anchor was not too hard and my windlass
worked kinda ok....got anchor up out of seafloor and found only one fluke was muddy. interesting.....
barra de navidad is reputed to be a poor holding area. ok. i found , as did many others, that use of a bruce and looooong chain in this shallow muckand rocks is a wonderful idea. bruce finds rock and settles in. i can sleep well knowing i have a rock with which to hold my bruce anchor and too much chain out. i have watched enough folks drag and separate from bottom i try to make sure i am over anchored. then i sleep.
wind picks up .
weather makes my boat song sound different-- i am awake.
in zihuat i had a plastic tarp mounted low over my forward hatch
to keep sun off deck
and heat less in house. 0100-ish i was awakened by the soft sound of that tarp being moved by very slight movement of air from wrong direction.
time for boat deck
..out and up i go....
i saw an active tormenta/tboomer forming off shore and not apparently moving but growing...ok.....coming towards me.
wind picks up as i am inspecting for potential storm approachment....let out 20 ft more chain, as i only had 120 ft down when i first arrived. december storms are not usual nor are they unexpected in southwest mexico
i finished my rounds just as first drops of rain started....and the light show was incredible...storm lasted less than 2 hours and we had over 4 inches rainfall in my dinghy. awesome. wind--YES...but my shiplet held fast...awesome work, brucie..loving it..... so i was able to sleep in zihuat because i held fast thru an unexpected and sudden onset tormenta...
i watched as catamaran
dragged anchor in barra in only 14 kts winds, watched as sailboats were lost
in la cruz--that was due to mixed rode
only....rope there will chafe apart within a weeks time about 5 ft from splice to chain. and my own disastrous(almost) lol dragging of anchor in 30 kt winds in mazatlan ....
i watched as i have only rowing dink which is not enough to save someone elses boat much less my own. i do use radio to alert others.
so...knowing what you have on seafloor is important and so is impending weather and your ability to awaken due to any changes in environment
--all affect sleep .
some folks donot adapt well, others are used to the interruption in sleep patterns due to career choices-.-those of us who have had to work all night seem to have the ability to catnap for 15 or so minutes without problem nor interruption in necessary sleeping.
yes anchoring out is a wear on your sleep habits, unless you are able to modify your sleep needs than you wont enjoy the lack of sleep.i never sleep during storms, as anyhting is able to happen immediately.
i donot sleep when i have just recently anchored in a new place as i am still on anchor watch, which i do with my own eyeballs, thankyou.
even in marina situations i do not sleep well at all during storms as the marina is not a trusted anchor system..anything can happen. i have seen dock cleats
i have seen moorings fail.
i have seen boat parts
fail causing a breakaway situation.
i have seen much and tried to prevent these things from happening to my own boat.
so far,so good. keep knocking that wood....
the only time i find i have excellent sleep is on clear nights when there is no wind..oops i forgot the mosquitos...lol...so clear nights without wind are out.,.lol
the night after i placed skeeter netting screens on my boat i slept like a brick.
most of us find that sleep deprivation is directly related to the trust we have in our boats systems. and mommy nature who is a really mean momma sometimes. .
anchoring out is not necessarily a wonderful nights sleep.
anchoring out is also not necessarily a bad nights sleep, either--just depends on how much you trust your tackle. and the weather and your own responses/reactions to that weather and its changes