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Old 08-28-2013
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Re: The Perils of Rafting On

I raft up with my parents on occasion now that they're back into boating. They have a powerboat, and the free board is comparable with ours. No rigging to tangle either. I prefer to anchor near, instead of rafting, but with the baby on board, it is nice to be able to just "hop over to grandma's boat" when we're rafted.

We only ever use one anchor and my theory on that is that that it's easier to untie, won't tangle, and if the wind is strong enough that one anchor won't hold both boats, it's probably time to break anyway.

The issue I've been having lately is how we lay to the wind. With my parent's new powerboat we lay with the wind pushing my bow into their boat. It makes escaping safely difficult....

"True, your boat will outperform mine to windward, but my boat will always outperform yours at anchor." --MedSailor
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