Since you mentioned this was to help others learn - I have a question
Did you set the anchor
under sail by: a) running downwind, dropping it, and letting the continuing inertia of the boat set it, which then snaps the bow into the wind
or b) coming up into the wind
, stalling, dropping the anchor, and then backing the mainsail
to drift back and set the anchor?
I've done both on the 23' sonar I most often sail (no engine) which has 1,800 lbs displacement
, a rope rode
, and a light easily manhandled anchor, and my understanding (and the snap on the bow) makes me believe that method A yields the stronger set. On the Sonar, I cleat the rode
at the bow, bring the anchor and all the scope
through the bow chock and outside the lifelines
to the cockpit
and coil the rope
there so it pays out easily. I'm hesitant to try this on the bigger boats I crew/skipper on now though as I'm not sure if it translates to all chain rode with heavier gear
, more force on the associated points (cleat and chock, and possibly windlass
unless you pretie a snubber), and the potential for the chain to clump, fall over, and scar the deck
. Have you tried this method? I haven't been able to find anything online that talks about it specifically with heavy gear
and an all chain rode, but would like to know in case I'm ever in a similar situation with a bad engine
and a worse storm. Thanks!
For what it's worth, I've tried both a Danforth and a CQR
in Lake Tashmoo (notoriously soupy bottom) and couldn't get either to set; so great job weathering the storm in less than ideal bottom conditions!