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Old 16-01-2012, 20:48   #16
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Re: Two Anchors in Abaco ?

I was trying to remember where I had used a Bahamian moor setup and bahamarich nailed it for me: Pipe Creek in the Exumas. Went up behind Hattie's Cay (?) and rode out a strong norther very comfortably. Touched bottom once in 3 days with our 3.5 foot draft and had only 1 wrap on the anchor with the strong winds mostly preventing the boat from turning all the way around. 30-40 knot winds and a 6" chop. Shallow draft has its uses.
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Old 16-01-2012, 21:26   #17
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Re: Two Anchors in Abaco ?

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Old 18-01-2012, 12:41   #18
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Re: Two Anchors in Abaco ?

I can't remember ever using the Bahamian moor in the Abacos. There's a few places in the Exumas where you'll get 180 degree current shift with the tides (like Allens Cay, Pipe Creek, etc). Then it can be useful.
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Re: Two Anchors in Abaco ?

Used to use a Bahamian moor in Nassau harbour twenty odd years ago. Nobody does anymore, most folks have all chain now and that helps a lot. Like I said before you anchor look at what others do and follow suit, you will see very few folks using two anchors in the Bahamas. Pipe Creek in the Exumas is an exception, usually too many boats in there trying to anchor in a thin strip of deep enough water.
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Re: Two Anchors in Abaco ?

The only time I ever used two anchors in the Abacos was during a big blow while anchored at Manjack, which doesn't have the best holding. I was in about 10' of water. I put out a 45lb CQR and played out about 30' of chain. I then shackled a 25lb CQR to the primary chain using another 8' section of chain. I learned to use this setup from Bernard Moitessier's book "A Sea Vagabond's World." If it was good enough for him, then it is certainly good enough for me.
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Re: Two Anchors in Abaco ?

Meant to include that I also let out another 30+' of chain after shackling the 2nd anchor to the primary rode.
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Re: Two Anchors in Abaco ?

I rarely use two anchors in the Bahamas.

The main reason to use two is to reduce the swing circle when anchored in a changing tidal current, but I'm usually happier to just let the boat swing in a wider arc. Sometimes, the boat does a 360 which can wrap separate anchor rodes around each other.

When I've used two, it's either to keep the boat point into waves when there is a contrary current or when there's a big, big storm coming.
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