Hello Forum. Looking for some ideas on the following:
Yesterday we were anchored in a somewhat exposed anchorage in Anegada
, very good holding in sand bottom. 10 -15 ft deep.
was from the east but there was a swell rolling in from the SE so after anchoring
with the main anchor
(Mantus 125 lb all chain rode) we dinghy
out our Fortress anchor
perpendicular to the aft port quarter with 30 ft chain and the rest line. With Fortress
set, we then winched in the stern anchor rode
on a primary winch
pulling the stern of the boat
around so that we were facing into the swell and the wind
about 45 to port. Lovely night with no rolling!
This morning we prepared to leave with the intention of winching the stern anchor rode
in further until our stern was close to/over it, iand it broke free. Then we would haul it aboard, stow and then weigh the main anchor as usual. However when we winched in the stern anchor we got to the chain before the anchor broke free. We could not continue to winch
as the chain would jam and chew up ithe fair leads or if not in them would ruin the toe rail. No possibility to hand over hand the chain with 24 ton of boat
being pushed from the port side by a fresh breeze.
In the end one of us jumped in, and physically tripped the stern anchor by hand allowing us to haul it in by hand. But this was only possible in 10 feet of clear warm water!
How else might we have got ourselves off the stern anchor? We could have tied a tripping line to the stern anchor before deploying and tripped it with the dink when ready. But are there other ways that we have not thought of?