Hi Mark and Nicolle,
Just came in on the end of your posts. Sounds like you guys were well prepared and dodged a high caliber bullet.
The good thing about one of this magnitude is that it gets your attention and generally moves fast. The big danger
are the ones that show less initial intensity and a wobbly track, that can turn around and bite you in the as* if you donít take everyone seriously. (Happens all the time here in the Philippines
where we get about 8 to 10 a year)
The 2nd anchor
dilemma is an easy one for me to work out.
As Wotname advises have it in the water
but how you deploy depends a lot on the holding conditions, swing room, yachts tendency to sheer and anchorage topography.
Once I lay out my primary anchor at maximum scope
to keep me off anticipated dangers I make sure that the remaining chain can be run out easy and I put a lighter line on the bitter end so that it can break away easy if I need to let go due to a barge or ship dragging down on me.
Well before any wind
comes I lower my secondary anchor to full extent replacing any faded marks, then retrieve it back while carefully laying the chain in the locker so that no snags can happen if I need to run it all out in the storm.
Then when the anticipated wind
settles in, but before it builds too much, I lower the secondary anchor at my stretched out position so that it just drags the bottom
The reason is that most Typhoon holes are in Mangrove areas and the shallow bottom can be a muddy slurry.
My goal is to reduce and slow down the sheering tendency that will break out the primary anchor and if the topography is steep hills or cliffs around you, it will slow down the effects of rebound gusts.
If the eye passes close by and the wind starts to go 180 I then deploy my second anchor using engine
and clocking angles to lay it out at an angle away from the primary anchors bight.
I donít believe in committing both anchors before the TRS shows itís hand, since they can fool you, but I do like the second one in the water
and ready to use for any scenario.