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Old 04-02-2013
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Re: Anchoring with changing tides and wind

Without having a dinghy to aid in setting the stern anchor, you can (first) set the bow anchor. Let out EXTRA rode so you back down over the spot you would take the dinghy out to. (second) drop the stern anchor there, leave a little extra behind the boat and cleat it off. (third) don't use the engine, yet pull or windlass the bow anchor in to the length that sets you where you need to be (meanwhile this should set your stern anchor well in the mud), cleat off the bow rode. I say don't use the engine because you don't want to back into the stern rode and catch your prop, and you don't want to chug forward into the bow rode quicker than someone can pull it out of the water.

Then just find the balance of the two rode lengths.
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