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Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?
Last summer my young son and I were anchored out doing some fishing. When it came time to head back home, I retrieved the anchor and just nestled it securely in its place on deck, rather than tying it in. Because, you know, there wasn't much motion on the water and I was expecting an easy sail back, and I knew I'd be laying the anchor out to clean it when we got home.
On the return trip, about 45 minutes total, the wind picked up and we got a nice heel, travelling just under hull speed.
When I pulled into the slip and went forward to tie up, there was my anchor hanging about 60% on the deck an 40% over the toe rail. I felt ill thinking about what could have happened if my boy had been walking around and the anchor fell overboard.
Like most of the worst bonehead maneuvers, it was completely avoidable if I had just done what I knew I should have done.