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Old 01-07-2011, 21:34   #16
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Re: 4th July Anchoring Etiquette

I've anchored out on the Columbia River man times. The local show was the largest west of the Mississippi at one time.

All of the above (too many people, too close and too drunk).

Think about after the show. All those drunks want to go home. So I typically turn on every light I can (deck lights, running lights and sometimes a Coleman lantern) so as to been seen. Keep an eye out for the fool that wants to run over your anchor line.

I never head home with the crowd. If I need to go home I give them time to play bumper cars before heading home myself.

If you can spend the night now is the time to break out the champagne. I usually make my wife a great breakfast the next morning too before heading home.

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Old 02-07-2011, 10:09   #17
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Re: 4th July Anchoring Etiquette

is not often a boat will swing in a full circle while anchored--- will swing only as far as the tide/current and wind allow. i have had full circle swing only in mazatlan and in sd in cruisers anchorage in el nino winter storms. those were LONG term anchoring conditions, month or longer.
the length of time one will be anchored for fireworks will not allow full circle swing. you will be outta there before that is possible.

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Old 02-07-2011, 10:58   #18
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Re: 4th July Anchoring Etiquette

In most crowded anchorages it is absolutely impossible to stake out your swinging circle and not expect someone to enter it. Fortunately 90% of the time all boats lay in the same direction to the wind and current. This means that you can reasonably safely anchor with overlapping circles.

I would prefer to anchor this way than what one poster said to do: use 60-100' of rode in 25' depth (with probably another 5' to the bow roller). That is a scope ratio of 2-3.33:1. No anchor is going to hold well at that scope.
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Old 02-07-2011, 11:33   #19
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Re: 4th July Anchoring Etiquette

We did Sydney Harbour to watch the fireworks and parked the boat next to the Opera House.
some people were too scared to take their boats and watched it on shore.... how boring.
Sure there was a zillion people floating around but with special occasions people tend to be very nice

Surprisingly enough, we did have space

Keep your eyes open, talk to other boats and make a big party of it.


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