Originally Posted by Roaring Girl
A previous poster talked about staying alert/aware even when asleep. That's really right. The halyard
on our mizzen is invaluable as it responds both to a wind shift and a swing to a different wind angle. I can be deeply asleep and that will wake me quicker than the alarm.
That is something (maybe another thread - how to word it?) that experience on the water
can teach many. I guess some just "never learn" and to some "it just comes naturally" but I think it is part of "knowing your boat" and being aware of your (ever changing) surroundings.
I am not saying an anchor alarm is not a good thing to have.
I have two "dragged my Rocna" examples.
1. Near Anclote Island inside Three Rooker Bar (not the same shape now as on the chart) where as it turned out the spot we were in is soft mud. 5 ft of water
after a short day after a late start and arriving in squally weather
. Backed hard for "good set" and then did two jerks. Perfect. Wind changed 45 deg and went from 15 to 25 during dinner. Slow drag - Dang! Moved a couple hundred yards to sand/shell for the night. We were awake for this.
2. Dry Tortugas
4-14-10 wind had been in the 20s since leaving Key West
two days before. We tried one spot close up to bush key and that was apparently soft mud too and we could not get a good set. Moved South into a spot between two other boats - close for me (and I guess them) but that is all there was left. 6 ft of water 40ft of chain, 20ft rope
rode, 15 ft of bridle
. Wind that evening 23-26 knots. Anchor alarm set for 50ft. I woke up during the night with the feeling that the boat
was moving as if the waves (1-1.5ft wind chop) were coming from off the Port bow a little. I laid there for a minute or so and all returned to "as it should be" with the sounds and feel "normal". I went back to sleep. In the AM I noted on the plotter that we had moved 40ft during the night. I don't know if we drug or it popped out and reset. Popped out maybe because of my waking and resultant observation during the night? A Rocna - no way man - that is why I bought one man!!
The next day (horse and barn door thing) I put out a large Danforth as a second. The Rocna did not move a bit for two more nights. The winds, however diminished over those two days.
We were told by another person in the anchorage that the fort ranger
said they recorded 43 knots sustained for 45 minutes during the night of the 14th.
Whew!!!! as 50 or 60 yards down wind are a series of old, ugly, rusty. steel
pilings. Close enough that if I had been drifting I would not have made it to the cockpit
before impact once my tired, awakened mind/body had reacted.
Whew!!!!!!! Drunks and fools.
That mono in the third pic was not there on the 14th.
edit - oh yea - Rocna 15