Originally Posted by motion30
That is my practice as well But when anchored for an afternoon , it seems redundent with the mason and chain Dam its hard to break that thing loose by hand
While in most cases you will be OK without setting the hook, there are things to consider. Take the not so uncommon event of your anchor coming to rest on a plastic bag on the bottom. It will just lie there, doing bugger-all while you lie to the chain. When the thunderstorm comes, with an on-shore wind
, you take off like a shot and end up on the beach.
Yes, not gonna happen every sunday, but there are a lot of reasons that an anchor (even a good one) will fail to bury. It is so easy to do the backing down thing that IMO it is silly not to do it.
Our most recent event of this type was in Coffs Harbour, NSW. Nasty E'ly wind
with a big swell coming in through the heads. When we backed down, the Manson dragged immediately. Pulled it up and found it fouled in a pair of board shorts. No naked surfer was seen nearby, so I reckon they'd been there a while. Winds later got up to 30+, and I was glad to know that my anchor was well set ahead of time.