Alright - time for my first gripe about the boat
quite viciously, especially in winds of around 10-15 knots which is uncomfortable when she goes beam to the waves. Aside from the obvious solution of picking a better anchorage, anybody have solutions that worked for their Douglas?
I tried increasing windage aft by putting up a 100w solar
panel up in the cockpit
but it did not seem to have much effect. So I wonder if an anchor
riding sail will have much benefit here.
We have hank-on sails
so there's nothing but the forestay catching the wind at the bow. I tried stowing our headsail below but it also did not improve things much.
She tends to swing the bow 90 degrees in one direction, pull taught on the anchor rode
then swing back through the wind again 90 degrees in the other direction. Repeat forever.
We have a substantial CQR
anchor (35 or 40lbs) plus around 20 feet of chain, the rest is nylon rode
. Holding was good each time we anchored, no dragging at any time as verified with a GPS
One other thing we tried (But failed at) was running a line from the aft winch
to the anchor rode, attached at the midway point between the bow roller and the water
. Unfortunately when I tried doing this the boat was beam-on to the wind so the rope
just clung to the hull
doing nothing useful. Winching it in didn't seem to help point. I may try this method again next time - we were running out of daylight and just gave up last time around.