I would think that if you have an instinctive thought to throw an anchor over in case she washes ashore, stay aboard and rethink your strategy and why you are leaving her in the first place.
The one time I readied a boat to abandon. I was not thinking clearly. We were taking on water
. We were in a hell of a storm with some monster waves, a rogue once in a while to keep things even more interesting. Thankfully my captain
just calmly told me to get a grip. I'll never forget her logic. She screamed, or rather I lip read, because i couldn't hear anything above the sound of the rigging
screaming, she said, if this vessel can't handle the storm, what makes you think a rubber life raft would.
I've known 4-5 people who abandon their ship. One captain
really struggled with the fact that he scuttled her before getting off. His vessel struck a conatiner, the leak was not accessible, and he injured himself fighting to repair her. After many hours he climbed into the life raft. Scuttling her caused some slack from his insurance
co, but his first concern was avoiding another vessel colliding with his foundering boat.