Originally Posted by noelex 77
Yes, good point, but in some parts
of the world you don't have to drag far to be in over 200 feet of water.
Your windlass, or you, then has to lift the best part of 400lb.
If you are planning to visit areas like this, make sure your windlass is capable, or with no windlass consider how you would rig up a system to lift this weight. Unless you are stronger than I am
Fortunately, sailboats have powerful sheet/halyard winches and these can usually be utilised.
First - if you have only 200 feet of rode
you shouldn't anchor
in more than 40 feet (lunch hook) or 30 feet (overnight). In those depths dragging a well set anchor
is rare. Though with rough enough conditions it is easily possible with less than 10:1 scope
= ~20'. And in those conditions even with an anchor windlass you'll need to motor
toward the anchor.
Second - If you're hauling up 400# of anchor and rode
it'll be necessary to actually exert much less force, the difference between the 400# and the weight of water displaced by those 400#.
I frequently anchored in 20' to 30' when I had no windlass, hauled up an all chain rode by hand, and sailed off the anchor. My procedure
was to haul in the slack, go below and start cooking
breakfast, go back to the bow and haul up the new slack, go below and eat breakfast, go to the bow and haul up the little remaining slack, raise the main, the wind
gave enough pull to break the anchor free and then the boat
was sailing and the anchor was "flying" thru the water and cleaning
the mud off. And I was now in deeper water. I headed into the wind
and pulled up the 20' to 30' of clean chain and anchor.
A little patience and it worked all the time.