I think the advice needed probably came along way back at post #6 on ways to use the single
As a woman, with our first boat
(a 5 ton Rawson
30) I was really worried about being able to bring in the anchor w/o power windlass. It had a beautiful little ABI manual windlass
on it but I really thought I might not be able to bring in the anchor. Figured I'd be stuck relying on my husband if a lot of rode out, etc. So wrong -- on a little boat like that, it is no problem to raise the anchor by hand --and in our case with 75 ft of chain rode before it went to fiber, it was pretty much "all chain" coming up. I'd use the manual windlass
to break out the anchor sometimes but that's it. Until you're using your boat or one similar to it, you don't know what you really need to have. It's all conjecture and other people's opinions up to that point.
On using 2 anchors--if everyone else is bow and stern moored, then that's what one will be doing to limit swing, yes. A little boat with less than 30' length isn't going to have a huge swing even when on a single
hook though. Depending on the conditions, having two anchors off the bow can be less secure than a single anchor, IMO.
Somewhere in there the OP said he has some significant disability and didn't have a money
problem so my biggest suggestion for him would be to make sure and have an engine
so he doesn't have to play with the fancy footwork to singlehand off the anchor under sail since in trying conditions that's going to be a lot more difficult than just starting up the engine
In SoCal, I've seen or heard on the radio
too many of the tight budget
liveaboards with tiny boats w/o engine end up anchored near a lee shore and no way off when winds rise. It doesn't end well.
Go small, go simple, go now is all fine and dandy but you'll note Lin and Larry were a TEAM and that's a lot different than solo sailing when things get dicey.
The boat we sail now is 30 ton, 54' on deck
69' sparred length, roller more than 6ft off the water
(6 ft in front of the stem on the bowsprit) and takes a lot of swing room in the anchorages
. At 3lb/ft on the chain and 100+lb anchors, we have an electric
windlass that can also be operated manually.
For simplicity sake (and not to be rude and hog too much space in an anchorage), we will anchor in deep water
on a single hook rather than anchor close in among many smaller boats who may-or-may not be swinging on a single hook. We're sometimes VERY exposed to wind
and waves in these situations but it's our own version of "simple" because you can haul up your single rode and get underway (even under sail) more quickly when you've got enough room to do so. Smaller boats tend not to think about anchoring
"out" in deeper water as a simple solution to tight anchorages
On our larger boat, the windlass is a horizontal Ideal Windlass gypsy
one side capstan the other and both independent of each other and we do sometimes deploy two anchors off the bow using the techniques already described by others. As an aside, the rolling hitch is my friend in terms of unloading a winch
or windlass to use it for another purpose.
I'm surprised nobody here started talking about how having two anchors independently off the bow will often result in rode twisted around each other. Depending on tide and wind
shifts one can go round and round. Then, quickly getting the second rode unwound from the primary can sometimes be a bit of work
I do figure once the OP gets out there and does a bit of sailing with his boat, he'll have a system figured out that works for him, his own ideas about simplicity and his physical condition.