recently finished a charter
trip to USVI. two incidents where nothing bad happened but could have.
lines were short and could barely get around the cleats
. thr starboard line was on first. port line i struggled having enough length, and the floating dock
was secured right next to the cleat. i did not take a wrap around cleat before making the knot
. around 1am someone on the boat
woke up and noted boat
sitting oddly compared to our neighbors. she got up and saw only one line was attached. the port line was off and starboard had about an inch left before it came undone.
I learned you need a wrap around base of cleat before making the knot
. and a shorter line increases force on the knot.
second issue wasn't as bad as it was seen. we dropped anchor
west of buck island st croix. looked sandy. backed up at 1800rpm and didn't move at all. fortunately we dove the anchor
and saw this. barely hooked on a rock that was pulled out of a hole. we ended up moving 100y north to a true sandy bottom instead of a hard pack