Originally Posted by Don Lucas
Motored up to the area and looked it over and asked another boat that was there how the holding was and how much scope he had out. He said his plow was holding well and he had a 4:1 out.
So we dropped the hook, played out a 4:1 based on bow roller height, drifted back and then powered up to set. Since I had been playing with the GPS
I set the anchor alarm
and also marked the spot I was at so I could see the track). During the next 4 hours the wind
was light and we appeared to be set and not dragging. Since we had dropped at low tide I decided to let out some more line, but could only do so much as if the wind shifted I would swing into the guy next to me.
A couple of hours later was awoke to the sound of lines banging. We had swung with a wind change and the wind was at 20 knots (was like 5-8 when we dropped), but we looked to still be set (was now 1 am of course and high tide was in 20 minutes).
10 minutes later he dragged.
Here's my 2 cents worth..
I these days think that asking others what they think at anchor is only a guide and at the end of the day you have to decide for yourself whats right.
I think that you have to feel confident enough to leave your boat during the day to go sight seeing and at night not to end up on the rocks.
Ive dragged a few times in the past and so I made changes until I now sleep through most nights at anchor. In all of the circumstances, I think more chain would have been the cure, not a bigger anchor, at the time I had a 70 pound anchor.
Don Lucas set his anchor in 5-8kts of wind, you can't drag in that so the comment by the other boat that his plow was holding well was meaningless. Later his boat dragged in 20kts, which I consider light and it should not have dragged. Maybe he did not pull it in hard enough with the motor
, I pull mine with more than half revs for 2 mins. I would have tried to have more than the 4 or 5 to 1, maybe 7 to one.
These days I expect to sleep through 20 kts and get up occasionally with more than 30kts, but still sleep some of the time.
I expect to feel confident at anchor in 50kts but I would not sleep.
I only ever use one anchor as I like simplicity if theres an emergency
. I have a 40,000 pound boat and now a 120 pound anchor.
Often people say my anchor is too big, but I don't have many anchor moments these days and so it makes me feel much more secure than I used to.