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Old 04-28-2013
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Re: Tying stern-to to shore

Sounds like you're heading for the North Channel. I worked as a charter captain for Canadian Yacht Charters there for a number of years. In most cases, 150 feet of line will suffice, and it should be floating line so that it doesn't get caught under the boat. Here's the procedure I've used at Croker Island, the smaller, shallower anchorage where med mooring is common:
come in and turn out to where you are going to anchor. Drop the hook and try to let it settle for a couple of minutes in that position without moving. You should be, if I recall correctly, about 2 - 3 boat lengths out from shore and in 20 feet of water at this point. Croker is very protected as you may know, so there's likely no wind. Start backing to shore, you will be able to actually step off to shore with your line as the rockface is that steep - but check of course to be certain. The dinghy, of course, makes much more sense ;>)
Take a single turn around one of the sturdier trees and bring the line back to your boat. Now, set your anchor by pulling yourself towards it, rather than backing away from it (for obvious reasons...) Then, tighten up the stern line. If you expect any wind, take a line from each quarter, cross them diagonally and run two lines to shore, tying them well apart. That being said, if you expect wind and Croker is busy, you should consider one of the other nearby anchorages, such as Fox.
You'll often find yourself anchoring between other boats - they'll assist you with getting your line to shore.
Enjoy. If you have other, North Channel or Georgian Bay specific questions, feel free to ask.
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