Very helpful posts as usual, thanks.
Carl, yes I am aware of the challenges of Maine and I defitely want to air on the side of caution. That said, I am a novice
cruiser and your tips are much appreciated. I have a 300' 1/2" rode
and I am going to get a lot of chain. Either 35 or 45īof 3/8 inch proof coil. I have two 100 foot rodes with 6ī of chain too, along with two Danforth anchors for supplementing the plow or for lighter/quicker situations.
When you recommend dropping a second anchor at a 180 degree angle, do you mean off the stern, or placed 180 degrees from the bow (leading under the boat).... I have always been cautious of stern anchors in reversing current
. Donīt I run the risk of it getting tangled and thereby shortening the scope? Would it be better to put the supplementary anchors along the chain somewhere to weigh it down?
Hugo, I considered that but honestly stowage is tight in the stern as well and I canīt really think of a good place for it except in the bench lockers, but that will be messy and tiresome considering the amount of stuff I am going to have on the boat. Iīd rather stick with the bow option.
Hydra, I donīt really have space for it in the immediate bow. Even if a chock were taken out, the vent is in the way and yes the furler is a concern too. I think it would be easy enough to divert the furling
line around the anchor roller if I put it on starboard. The spinnaker
pole lives t port and honestly that might be more annoying to reposition that running the furling line through a few more blocks. I envision passing the anchor line forward and in through the chock rather than leaving the line in the roller. Yes I will have to be careful and develop a system. When not in use, I think Iīll just disconnect the chain from the anchor and bring it aft in a bucket with the rode. Wet and heavy but manageable.
Should I put something at the boat end of the rode, like a sling or cable, or just good chafe gear
I am including two pictures taken 6 hours apart of Moose Cove, my final destination
where Iīll be spending a week or so. The pictures are taken from our family cabin
there and as you can imagine the boat will be a mere speck if it is out far enough beyond the low water
mark. The cove is protected by the bluffs on either side (Iīll be closer to the right bank in the picture since thatīs where the water is clear and the prevailing winds will be better blocked, as well as from Grand Manan Island about 20 miles out. It is hardly ever mentioned in any cruising guide (instead they recommend Baileyīs Mistake just to the north, which in my opinion is way more treacherous.) I have spent lots of time up there throughout my life and rarely is the water less glassy than it is in these shots. One of the rare cases in my young sailing career that I feel I know better than the guide does. The mud is soft and worm eaten but still very thick and heavy. Technically, though, it is unprotected from a slight angle off to the southeast. Last year I witnessed the remains of a tropical storm come through and honestly I think it was more than my ground tackle could handle (it blew out some of our windows inthe house). If there is another system like that on its way I may just have to high tail it back 7 miles to Cutler or 15 miles to Machiasport for a better anchorage or mooring
By the way, pretty right? I canīt wait to cruise
in there and drop the hook