Originally Posted by Macblaze
it is then!
Seriously though, is giving some consideration to the next guy a good thing, or should you just take the best spot and not worry about making room?
Well, in the real world of cruising, if you don't take the best spot (assuming that there is an identifiable "best spot") this next guy, the one that you are worrying about, will take it. It will then be occupied, just like it would have been if you took it, and you would be in an inferior place.
In reality, there are not so many anchorages
where the "best spot" is all that precisely defined. What seems best for you will not necessarily seem best to the next chap into the bay... differences in boats, in drafts, in anchoring
philosophy all come into play. So, IMO, you do indeed take what you think is the best spot. However, you don't put out excessive scope
nor anchor bow and stern or any such unusual practice that will confuse a later arrival or take more than your share of the available space. You use an anchor light (or more) that is bright enough to really stand out, and if you are as paranoid as we are, you hoist a black anchor ball as well. You don't run a gen set at night, or play loud music
on external speakers.
You know... just behave like a considerate neighbor
Oh... if you expect that any other CF members should be coming in, for sure use the right anchor !
Cheers, and happy anchoring