Wifey and I are on our 40' Silverton aftcabin power boat
, completely enclosed with canvas
. We are safely held to this anchor
spot at CuttyHunk which is part of the Elisabeth Island chain in Massachusetts
. I am anchored in about 8' with heavy ell grass
growth on the bottom using my 80# Manson Supreme, 5/16 HT chain with a scope
of around 7. We have been here now for 3 days.
Tonight around 10PM we had a severe thunder storm. I cared less for the lightening, thunder and rain that had been going on for almost 30 minutes. But then the storm became no play thing! The rain was almost the same as solid water
falling from the sky. AND THE WIND!!!! I don't have anything to measure the wind
velocity other than to guess it must have been at least over 50 MPH. I can make that guess after going though our hurricane
ripped through, the entire boat
shuttered, that canvas
held well although it strained against its snaps. Our boat
rocked, hobby horsed, swung rapidly back and forth following the wind. Our boat is big, it presents the equivalent of an enormous sail area to the oncoming wind. Everything was black, I had no idea if we were sailing out through the moored fleet until I looked down and uncovered our GPS
which I left on to monitor
our position changes over time. Yes, the boat did move but only to the length of the radius determined by our extended anchor
Tonight was not a night to move my boat under power which would require pulling the anchor had it slipped. I have enough experience with anchors that failed, and it is not fun even if it happens during a sunny day, not at night during a sever storm. OH, the pattern on our GPS
resembles an almost perfect circle. After the wind calmed down, I looked back into the mooring
area where many are at anchor. Numerous lights were flashing, running lights on indicating possible failed anchors.
I suffered through another adventure last summer in Vinyard Haven on Matha's Vineyard where 20-25K winds encouraged my 88# Delta
to plow its way where ever the wind decided at 3AM! I am over joyed this anchor held as advertised!!!
I have no interest in Manson's products. I don't care what others purchase
for ground tackle. I just wanted to share my post storm excitement regarding how well our boat stayed put in ell grass
during a severe storm. It is now almost an hour since the storm subsided.