Keel wrapping happens to many first time cruisers on the ICW
. It happened to me a couple of times before I saw how to prevent it (I wondered at first why this guy in a C&C
41 hung a couple of chunks of rusty steel
off his rodes). The first time it happened to me, in St. Augustine, I woke up because it was blowing over 20 and wondered why I was sideways and everyone else was lying properly. I couldn't undo it because of the wind and had to wait till daylight when I used my dinghy
to pull the boat around. I had first tried to resolve it by slacking the anchor line fast hoping it would come off the keel but that didn't work because of the wind. When I dived on the boat sometime later I found that the rode had broken off a bit of the trailing edge of the keel high up near the hull/keel joint leaving some very jagged lead.
I see a few boats keel wrapped every trip on the waterway. Wrightsville Beach anchorage is a prime spot because of the funny
currents there. It seldom happens to full keeled boats but, as you found out, it does occasionally get caught in the slot between rudder
The trend towards all chain rodes in cruisers will undoubtedly reduce the occurences. This trend has also changed the anchoring
habits of those cruising to the Bahamas
. Now you seldom see boats anchored with two bow anchors whereas this was the norm 15 years ago.