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Old 10-04-2010, 03:52 AM   #1
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What have you managed to bring to the surface with your anchor? Our worst was a bunch of stuff that looked like old scraps of fabric rotting on the seafloor. The best is the starfish that seem to love our anchor here on the Pacific Coast. Here's a pic of an anchor hitchhiker we had two days ago:


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Old 10-04-2010, 11:29 PM   #2
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Brought up another anchor once, along with some rotten rode....in the DR....Luperon to be exact. Other than that, for us, mostly just smelly mud!

Love the Starfish though....!



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Old 10-05-2010, 04:45 PM   #3
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Apart from the normal marine life and types of bottom, we have found a carpet, a partly burnt sail and many piles of old fishing nets that take a lot of cutting to get rid of.

We once had a couple come aboard who were looking a bit shocked. They had found a body in a garbage bag on their anchor. Not a pretty thought or sight.
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Old 11-12-2010, 05:30 AM   #4
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Yup. also brought up another anchor. It was on the intercoastal waterway. Yippee. Came in handy.
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Old 11-12-2010, 07:35 AM   #5
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I once had a call from a visiting yacht on the west coast of Sweden - they had pulled up a cable. Yes, it was clearly marked on the chart but it was "such a nice anchorage and we thought the chances of fouling the cable to be so small".

Not only was the cable marked on the chart but there were big signs on shore indicating the cable's position too.

Anyway, up they haul the anchor, with cable atttached, and promptly call the Coast Guard to come and "cut it" for them as they could not get the anchor above the surface - and sure we came but we cut their anchor rode instead. They weren't happy. They had lost a length of chain and their anchor. On the other hand, if they ahd cut the cable there woould have been a substantial fine for them to pay plus the cost of repairing the cable. They got off cheaply, especially as we did not bill them for going to their assistance and severing their rode!

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Old 11-13-2010, 11:02 AM   #6
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A few years ago, spent a super weekend anchored some 50 metres off the base of the High Island Reservoir's Dam - Yuen Ng Fan (元五墳)in HongKong's District of Sai Kung

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On the Sunday around 3pm decided to weigh anchor and return to our berth in Pak Sha Wan only a few nautical miles away. Cleared the cockpit, secured the dinghy, stored the outboard and fuel tank, Cleared the cockpit and decks. Checked all lines on board, started the engines, alerted everyone on board. Coxswain moved the boat slowly forward, while I reeled in our 30kg (66lb) Bruce anchor with my foot on the anchor windlass button. Gradually the anchor chain moved aboard until I could actually see the anchor and something that it was attached to. The 'something' was a steel net of cables, that had been used to contain thousands of rock boulders which formed part of the dam wall. No ways was my Bruce going to let go of its find! Tried every which way to release the Bruce - Shortly before sundown a Chinese fishing trawler was passing by on its way back home and noticed our predicament. They were able to attach a line to the steel net with their power fishing net windlass and lift the net - which enabled us to free the Bruce.

A couple of beers, a couple of Scotches and thanks to our new friends, and they were on their way home to Sai Kung's Trawler anchorage.
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Old 11-14-2010, 03:18 PM   #7
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The most interesting thing that my anchor brought was a small broken up fiberglass boat. This happened about 10 years ago in the harbor of Spetses.

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Southern Portugal, River Guadiana. We had a hard time to get it up this far to saw it into two pieces, wher it was wrapped into the chain.*

And all the other times the neighbour's chain when tying up in harbours with bow to the pier and anchor out astern and then staying for more than two days. But that is normal business, at least in Sweden and no problem with the help of other neighbours. *


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