Originally Posted by barnakiel
In Scandinavia - similar - but we avoid hitting the ruder. So, make for your rock, drop the stern hook, go some more, jump on the rock (hehe - don't forget the bow line ;-))), attach the bow line, pull in the boat, jump onboard, adjust the lines.
Alas - probably way less tide than British Columbia
Barnakiel, your solution is easy and works fine when you are jumping onto flat boulders as you don’t need to use your tender
. However there are a few general disadvantages to your solution.
1/ First you are using a secondary (lighter) anchor and ground tackle with no dedicated lifting and holding gear
to keep you off the beach.
2/ You are presenting your wider stern to any moderate weather
over a fetch that might come up overnight, creating much more stress on your light anchor and stern cleats
3/ Thirdly, if you did need to get away quickly at night from a lee shore, you risk backing over your stern gear
when retrieving anchor by hand.
When I do this it is usually to enjoy a beautiful deserted beach that is normally a lee shore, (If you see a steep sandy beach with no permanent village… that means it gets a lot of weather
). So…If the weather pattern supports the decision I usually plan on staying for at least 3 to 4 days (sometimes weeks) as it is a lot of work to set up properly.
- My approach is for an anchoring system that can take overnight thermal changes causing a lee shore and some building slop, for a few hours.
- A failsafe system that if open weather builds up too much, I can easily drop the beach tie from the boat and retrieve later. (I carry 3 x 50m heavy yellow poly that I use for this purpose along with some small red fishing floats so as to maintain high visibility)
Once I have surveyed the area by tender
taking some transits for my “let go” Anchor position (I know…GPS is easier, but I am old fashioned! ) I go back to the boat, that is holding off, tie tender tightly along side (fore and aft) and load beach line(s) into tender, depending on anticipated length needed.
My goal is to achieve ½ Maximum scope over a sandy drop off position and marry the boat to the beach line, at a 2nd Position where there are no dangers if I swing out of positions, while connecting or disconnecting.
Setting Anchor, I back into that 2nd position and once tested my girlfriend holds boat in that general direction with slow astern while I set up the beach line ashore (with chaffing gear) and float out towards Boat.
Once near the stern, astern propulsion
is stopped and I come up the stern with remainder of beach line and after taking up slack put on primary sailing winch
It is then a simple matter to line up with winch
power, ease out more scope while pulling yourself into pristine snorkeling water (3rd Position) to whatever depth
you are comfortable with.
Once in my spot, I put the beach line on my heavy stern bollard and take up on anchor to keep Beach line quite tight and visible to local fisherman (advantages of a steel
), while at the same time setting my anchor tightly into an uphill incline.
Last thing I do is to tie additional red floats on line so as to warn off other small boats.
With this set-up, you are not concerned with squall lines or temporary flare-ups with weather and even if it did change on you, by pulling yourself from 3rd Position to the all-round 2nd Position, you can safely get away without drama.
Hope I am not sounding like Captain
Obvious about it, but my advice to anyone not familiar with this technique is to establish a failsafe 2nd Position where you can disconnect day or night without fear of hitting or fouling anything.
on my first post was taken at an exposed beach shown in this Google
sketch to visualize how I do it.
As far as semantics about what we should call this… You are legally tied to land (or tree) above the high water mark so you are definitely not legally at anchor but stern (or bow) tied to shore.
If not a dock
, I call it "beach tied".
If I was anchored and then stern tied to offshore
piling, I would call it “fore and aft moored”
Steepness has nothing to do with your legal
status of boats situation.