I had an unhappy experience in a strong squall, a max of 52kt was seen. Normally my boat will sit stable up to 25kt of wind
. At 30kt, she will sail about a bit. I could see it was going to be a nasty one and when this squall got up and before the anchor
sailing started I thought I would try to do something. I put the engine
into slow forward gear
to reduce the anchor
load, but as I now realise it actually made the sailing and load on the anchor worse. Really bad. It felt close to a 180 deg swing. Luckily, the wind
abated quickly before any harm was done. I won't do that again.
Maybe the best way is to actually go into reverse as I suspect this will improve stability? The extra load on the anchor from the engine
will be a lot less than the extra load from swinging. Maybe I should be anchoring
from the stern instead. The boat is naturally stable from that end (OK, major practical issues), but shouldn't all boat be anchoring
from the stern? I could try an anchor riding sail too?