Just when I think i have seen it all I saw something new yesterday.
The anchorage I am in is littered with large sharp rocks. A small cruising boat
arrived with a new generation anchor
, but very little chain.
His technique was quite simple he constantly, and do mean constantly, adjusted his scope
to keep the rope
off the bottom, but to provide adequate scope
for the wind
In light wind
he went down to a bit below 2:1. In 10-15k he lengthened out to 3:1. In 25k up to 4:1.
Most cruising boats should be fitted with all chain IMHO. If however, you lost
all your main chain, techniques like this are worth considering.
I do occasional anchor
at less than 2:1, with a view to letting out more scope later (mainly to anchor in prime spot when I know other boats will be leaving before the evening) and its perfectly adequate in light conditions, even in shallowish water
(With someone on watch). I had, however, not considered this continual varying scope it as means to managing with only a small, amount of chain.
I have seen cruisers in the South Pacific
buoy their rope rode
to remove the potential for the rode
to be cut, but this is only viable when there are very few other boats about. So this is another technique for boats with inadequate chain for the anchorage, whether by design, or accident