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Old 09-13-2019, 08:36 AM   #1
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Default Can we make anchoring safer?

Are a lot of yachtsmen too casual about anchoring? What can we do to be more secure at anchor?

Please watch the short video, Iím trying to encourage people to take anchoring more seriously, and be safer in strong winds.

https://youtu.be/FOKVO3JBgDY

Too many yachts drag because they use small, old-style anchors, which are often sized for Ďnormalí conditions, so they drag when the wind picks up. The new generation anchors are much more secure.

Traditional scope calculations are also a problem, they are based on rope rodes which are straight, rather than the chain which hangs in a curve.

I use 15m (50ft) plus double the depth, plus an extra 10m (30ft) in strong conditions. The starting length allows for the chain next to the anchor, which is flatter, and the double depth matches the chain at the top, where it is more vertical.
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