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Old 25-05-2013, 01:26   #1
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Boat left to anchor for one to two weeks?

Hi. I bought a boat in port townsend Washington an parked my car there and went cruising. I need to go to Oregon for a week or so to do a couple things and I was going to leave my boat anchored somewhere near port townsend.

Is that an ok thing to do? I've got pretty good ground tackle. I would set a single anchor well and hope for the best I guess. I've been told some people leave their boats at anchor all winter. But then again some people's boats end up on the rocks right? Can I go to Oregon and sleep at night? Anything I should do to make it safer?

Also if anyone has local knowledge. I'm thinking not port townsend itself its pretty exposed. I was thinking port hadlock and biking to my car in p. t.
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Old 25-05-2013, 01:48   #2
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Re: Boat left to anchor for one to two weeks?

if you are having to ask this question it might be better to leave it on a mooring,or in a marina for piece of mind!

though if you can find an anchorage that is not subject to sea swell from any direction i cannot see a problem with reasonable sized ground tackle
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Re: Boat left to anchor for one to two weeks?

This boat manages to stay put, completely unattended.

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Old 25-05-2013, 02:29   #4
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Hi I am considering something similar. I know there are several apps that watch your anchor I had looked at one called boat warden looks great but expensive about 900 euros there are others that should work fine but a cheaper method I am considering buying a cheap smartphone leaving wired to my battery on the boat with the app I choose on and that will send me an SMS should it move out of the selected area also line up someone in an emergency who will go and reset , move the boat if necessary. It would be nice if I could find one that will monitor the bilge as well.
It would be a bonus when asleep on board to! What do you think. I'm going to invest for sure. Any ideas would be great.
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Re: Boat left to anchor for one to two weeks?

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This has Movement alert but you would need someone who could get out to your boat quickly.
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Re: Boat left to anchor for one to two weeks?

Having the correct anchor ... anchoring correctly ... etc ... aside.

This is a useful little device ... helps my nerves when anchored & ashore ... Had one for about 3 years now - just upgraded to the next version.
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Assuming you have a mobile phone signal - it will txt alert you & others - if you drag out of your geofence - and you can automatically / remotely trigger another back-up anchor deployment - if you wish. I had to build a circuit to do the deployment - but the output controls are built into the device.
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Old 25-05-2013, 22:10   #7
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Re: Boat left to anchor for one to two weeks?

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This boat manages to stay put, completely unattended.

Maybe we can be neighbors. When I come from my week on shore should I look for my boat first along the shore or at the anchorage?

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Old 25-05-2013, 22:17   #8
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Re: Boat left to anchor for one to two weeks?

Port Townshend is a poor anchorage , many boats drag there every year .Marrowstone island has some good anchorages
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Marrowstone is an option. Long ass bike ride to get my car though. How about port Hudson in front of the boat school?
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Old 26-05-2013, 16:02   #10
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Re: Boat left to anchor for one to two weeks?

I have never had problems with anchor dragging in PT Maggie, but I don't leave my boat alone up there other than day trips. Already PMed you NOB. I would say also that I think the school might have some mooring buoys too. I would call them and ask to speak to the harbormaster.
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Re: Boat left to anchor for one to two weeks?

A boat sitting out at anchor for two weeks is a tacit invitation to thieves, less so on a mooring, and still less in a marina where there are liveaboard folks as well as marina personnel who notice what goes on. Your choice. To me this seems like a question related to prudence, and some of the possibilities aren't too nice.

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Re: Boat left to anchor for one to two weeks?

One of mine is anchored on a muddy bottom in Brisbane River near a very heavily used boat ramp and parkland. It has survived floods and a hurricane, although some minor bits were stolen during a period of long absence (6 months). As long as the yacht is visited regularly and the live-aboards in the area know who owns it you shouldn't have too much trouble. Make sure the anchor light and bilge pump work.
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Old 26-05-2013, 23:23   #13
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Re: Boat left to anchor for one to two weeks?

In the area there are a couple of options. Years ago I lived on the hook in Mystery Bay, Marrowstone Is. I had friends that over-wintered in Mats-Mats Bay. Both anchorages are quite protected. Anchorage is better in lower Hadlock Bay than anywhere off Port Townsend. Jefferson Co. Transit has regular bus routes through all three locations and they have bike racks on the bus
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Remote smart phone apps to tell you if you're dragging: lol.
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Re: Boat left to anchor for one to two weeks?

Don't worry about nature - use a decent anchor, scope, etc.

You need to worry about the human thieves!
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