What a disaster it turned out to be!
I arrived early at Clarks point picked a great spot and lowered the anchor.
Unfortunately the anchor kept slipping and we got dangerously close to rocks and other boats.
After the third attempt my partner was besides herself with anxiety and we limped back to our mooring
feeling awful! Much to our surprise we could still see some of the fireworks against the city line and enjoyed it as much as we could.
revealed we were trying to anchor in 10m deep water
with a 20 lb anchor 6m of chain and 30 m rope
This turned out borderline gear
for a 30ft motor
cruiser and I'm in process of upgrading the anchor equipment
The sea was quite rough with 1m swell in addition to the wake of numerous boats it bordered to a washing
It really not much fun when partners panic when the wind
or the current
dragged us were we didn't want to be.
It was good experience though and I will be better armed next time a few thousand $ later lol!
I'm doing the anchor manually by hand as I like the feel of things but could kill for a Windlass
at the time.
Anyway we prob all have been there at some time and I admit it's a steep learning
curve but hey, you have to start somewhere. Having said that the crowded venue is prob not the best to start.
How nice would it have been if someone could have grabbed me and tied me to their boat so that we could enjoy the evening but that's prob too much to ask I suppose ...
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