Originally Posted by estarzinger
Been busy . . . The application was dinghing out a large/heavy anchor. When they get over say 60lbs most of us will hang them from the dinghy
transom, and untie or cut the rope
when you are over your desired spot. If there is chop the anchor will bounce and swing. I have always just made up a knot on the spot was was curious what was "correct".
I'm not sure what is "correct", but I seem to recall
from a couple of decades ago lowering motor
whale boats from a Navy
ship with a quick-release on the sea painter--I can't recall
the proper term or find a reference or photo
right now for this method, but it could be adapted for your application like this:
Make a short rope fast to the dinghy, with a loop or spliced eye in the end. Pass the loop or eye through the anchor shackle or other convenient "hole" in the anchor and place a wooden fid or tapered belaying pin through the loop/eye to hold it. Snug everything up and let the line take the weight of the anchor. To release the anchor, simply pull out the fid/pin. With the right amount of taper and a strong pin, this should hold securely yet release reliably under load. As I recall, this was used with the eye passing through the eye in another line (possibly the sea painter)--does anyone know the details on this?