Been cruising my Orana
for six months now. All the Fountaine Pajot
and quite a few others (Leopards too I think) has the anchor
coming up just in front of the maststep and not at the forward beam.
When retrieving the anchor
, especially when its windy and anchored in shallow waters, its so easy that the boat turns 90 deg and the chain come up and touch the bottom on one of the hulls. Not good.
One night a thunderstorm come into the anchorage. 25+ knots wind
, unprotected anchorage. Most boats dragged but fortunately not me. Retrieving the anchor in the middle of the night, in that wind
and waves, would have been a nightmare with the anchor coming up where it is. I was very nervous to be honest.
Also, when on a Med mooring
when you cannot use the bridle
, the load on the anchor is much higher than if it would be mounted on the forward beam.
I understand the benefit, lessen weight forward. But there is 600 liter of water
around the mast
on my boat. Talked to an owner of an Antares
, and on that boat the generator
is in a forward compartment in one of the hulls. Where is the consistency.
I saw on a big Fountaine Pajot
cat the other day, they put an additional anchor roller UNDER the forward beam, with the chain then going under the forward netting and into through the original anchor roller.
Thinking of doing the same thing. Cannot think of any drawbacks on top of the weight forward issue.
Being new to catamaran
cruising, have I missed something.