Thanks all for the warm words.
As for lessons learned, I found it useful to prepare for every leg in a systematic manner - whether from Deep Bay to Falmouth or Carlisle to Jolly Harbor - I made sure to review the charts
- noted obvious obstructions, and surveyed same on my iPad Navionics
App (which I found very helpful). Weather
check and review if possible of notes provided on anchorage destination
Near arrival, I'd ask 'out of an abundance of caution' for the teens aboard to grab a seat up front and act as spotters (this was especially helpful going into Green Island). When arriving in an anchorage I would intentionally try and sloooow things down. In other words, avoid the rush to grab the first hole seen and to properly survey
the area. Then to visualize where I would lower the anchor
and where I expected to end up - and from there - what would the surrounding area/boats look like. That really helped.
After that it was executing a planned routine where we agreed on pre-determined hand signals and who is doing what where.... We talked it out loud and it helped build and reinforce our step by step approach. I know this sounds like overkill but best clarify before the anchor is swinging between hulls.
Once we started to lower the anchor it was helpful for me at the helm
to pick a visual reference point ahead and to maintain a consistent position accordingly. Being in a cat, I cannot see the chain, nor its direction - but once I knew its line, all was easier.
After the anchor was set and the reverse test completed, we would shut down but I asked all on the boat to continue to monitor
for drag or noticeable change in positions. Again, out of an 'abundance of caution' but heck, reasonable caution isn't expensive!
Retrieval was pretty much the me but considerably quicker and easier. I also always anticipated where I would go or what to do if say the windlass
died, or I needed to motor
to avert another boat etc... That helped too...
Anyway, these were some of my lessons learned and happy to share with all.
Thx - from a frosty Canada
- I envy those of you enjoying a quiet anchorage tonight!