Well this is my first post after taking delivery
of my boat Wildflower in Phuket my very first night at anchor was this night in this anchorage I can only go on my observations and bar talk in the analysis of the whole situation.
I spent my very first night on my boat a 39ft Ron Amy Landfall doing laps of the boat bow to stern and checking the distance from nearby boats.depth and position every 30mins as my alarm
went off. Quite the trial by fire scarey when you don't know your boat its gear
and its your first anchorage!!!!!
I set the boat in 12m of water
with 40m of chain out on the 45lb/ 20kg CQR
I went further out than most only one boat anchored further out they arrived late dropped anchor way to close and jumped ship for the bar.
Of the boats washed ashore only one had crew on it. The surf zone the next morning was too rough for many to return to there boats tenders getting swamped and rolled everywhere and a couple of the large RIBs one from a massive ketch
super yacht and the Thai navy
were lending a hand to get those who wanted to high tail it out to there boats and get them away.
About 6am that morning the line on my tender
snapped off (washed it way ashore and flipped in the breakers....a lesson there!
) When the weather
began to drop and the boat had been stable for the whole night I hitched a ride back to shore and found the tender
had been dragged up on the beach and yachts in the process of being smashed up to varying extents an Elan 34 rolled over and was smashed to bits, Beneteau
44 had its rudder
punched through the hull
( it took on so much sand that it broke the crane that tried to lift
it out of the sand a few days later)
To generalise and this may get me in trouble I think most anchored too close to the beach didn't monitor
the weather either by report or in realtime and some boats didn't have the leeway for errors in anchoring
I made some mistakes
on my first anchorage..... ie too close to people not allowing for the swing, I had defaulted to a more experienced friend and should have gone with my gut from the start but did move the boat later after being informed in no uncertain manor that it was too close...and a fair call too I am always happy to take a dressing down when I deserve it. It did mean however that I ended up in a safer place and came away from the night with my boat not on the beach.
I will try to post some picks..... so many lessons what a way to learn but it has given me an insight into my little boat