You are not really anchoring in the fjords. The fjords would be too dangerous with strong winds blowing in during the day and out during the night. Also the sides are way too steep. Within 50 feet from the shore you may be in 300 feet of water
The anchoring is all done in small bays. Many are in marine
parks. Most anchorages
in Desolation and south of it are 3-10m deep at low water
. Get the Dreamspeaker cruising guide for great hand drawn charts
of the anchorages
and the specific types of anchoring used in said anchorage.
Most anchorage are small and would allow only 1-2 boats if swinging on the anchor. Using the stern ties you can get 10-15 boats into the same space.
You want a floating line that is at least 400 feet long for stern ties. I actually got a full spool of 600 feet. With a piece of line I hang it from the bimini
when ready to anchor, such that I can easily unwind the line. You pick a spot with a good tie position on the shore. This may be a tree or in many anchorages there are small metal eyes, some with rings, set into the rock. Watch for a bit of red paint
It makes sense to go slowly parallel to the shore and have your mate check the shore for the stern tie eyes or trees. Go a good 5-scope plus 1-2 boat lengths away from the shore and drop your anchor as you slowly back up and let the rode
out. A fast setting and good holding anchor such as a Manson Supreme, Rocna
, or Mantus
really help. With a good 1-2 boat lengths to spare start setting the anchor slowly. Make sure that while backing up you consider your prop walk - while setting the anchor the boat will walk quite a bit - the wind
and the current
also play into it. Have fun. You may have to go forward on your anchor and back up with a different course to compensate. Once the anchor is set with at least 3/4 throttle, get one of your guys into the dinghy
with good boots on. Keep the boat in aft idle so it does no drif from the shore and make it harder for the dinghy
Now comes the trick not to tangle the lines and make it easy to for the dinghy person to get to shore. I usually have about the length of line to use ready to throw into the dinghy and the end tied to it. This way the dinghy person can pay out line and you can also pay out from the boat. We prefer to feed the line around the tree or through the eye and back to the boat. That way we can leave any time, just by untieing one end from the boat and slowy motoring out. This also washes the seaweed you picked up over night from the line before you retrieve it. It is a little more difficult to brin the line back then to tie a bowline at the shore and untie it the next day.
It takes a lot of practice to do this right, especially at low tide. The shore person may have to climb up over slippery rocks to get to the tie up point. Sometimes, in difficult conditions such as a lot of cross wind, I have to go forward to go up wind in then back up to shore again, while paying out more line and taking it in to not get tangeled it in the prop. Initially, try to pick a spot with the wind from the aft or the front, if possible.
Here is a typical Desolation Sound anchorage.
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