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post #18 of Old 08-28-2013
arf145
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Re: The Perils of Rafting On

I've only rafted up once, and I'd think twice about doing it again. Neither of us had ever rafted before. We were in a fairly protected area windwise, and we only anchored one boat. But we noticed right away that there was a good foot difference in freeboard between our boat and the anchor boat. When a powerboat came by, the subsequent rocking overcame the fenders easily--and this was made worse by our higher freeboard and the different rocking rates. Our hulls did one good smack together. We stayed rafted through dinner, and by then a third boat had joined us, which seemed more stable. Still, we anchored separately for the night and slept better for it!

Tom K

2000 Beneteau 331
Northern Chesapeake Bay

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