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Re: The Perils of Rafting On
We frequently raft but don't like relying on a single anchor so we mainly raft in a stern tie scenario. That way at least every other boat, if not all, can put an anchor down. You also want to avoid strong winds or currents abeam. We're fortunate to have plenty of sufficiently sheltered possibilities.
Another technique is to raft up with boats alternating bow-to-stern, each boat putting an anchor out so the raft is well secured from two directions. Of course this raft won't swing so care must be taken to keep clear of others swinging free.
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".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)