Originally Posted by Nomdaica
This comment is not useful at all, and relates nothing to the original post. The post related to liveaboards feeling confident, especially in the harsh environment
such as the pnw.
I have sailed in the PNW for close to thirty years. There are many folks who could benefit from anchoring school
I have seen numerous occasions where anchors are are not set at all; this is especially true when folks are anchoring stern-to the shore. Anchors that are laid out at speed in reverse - they do not hold. Insufficient scope
. Anchoring too close. Too much scope
I can illustrate the consequences with the last two. I had anchored in 40 feet early in Montague Harbour well away from the the rest of the vessels because we were planning a 0200 departure for a night sail down to Sidney Spit. This was in the days before cell phones, so I want ashore to phone
home. When I returned I found a large power boat
(flying a CSPS burgee) anchored in my swing room. They denizens of the vessels were "screaming about the anchorage in the RIB". I finally got their attention and tried to explain that when the wind
shifted near sundown I was going to swing into them. I was unable to convince them otherwise. At about 2030 while we were planning our night trip one of the crew told me I was needed on deck
. Sure enough the wind
had shifted and we had the wind on our stern headed right for them. After much shouting we decided to move. One of the power boaters yelled "what kind is a$$hole anchors on 200 feet of rode
?" An incoming big ketch
heard that and responded that they anchored on 200 feet of chain.
In another situation in Friday Harbour I watch as a Bayliner anchored in the cable area for Brown Island. One of the residents of the island rowed out and told them to leave. They then found another spot to the west where they played bumper cars with other anchored boats. They then moved into what looked to me like the ferry
lane. At 0530 the next morning I was awaken by the sound of something hitting the rod rigging
on our boat (very distinctive sound BTW). It was that power boat
which had managed to drift past two other boats before hitting me.
In the PNW I have never dragged anchor. I only set two anchors when I teaching folks how to anchor on two anchors. I actually do not recall
anyone using more than one. In confined anchorages
such as Princess Bay (Wallace Island) and in areas with steep dropoffs like Walsh Cove I use a stern-tie to shore.
If you use an appropriate anchor that can survive a wind shift with sufficient scope and dig it in properly you will feel comfortable about your anchoring. BTW the conventional wisdom of the day is to use either lots of chain or all chain. That is more comforting than the two boat lengths of chain of the days of yore.