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Re: The Perils of Rafting On
There are many, many anchorages in BC (and, I suspect, WA state) where the textbook scope or more is simply not do-able, either due to congestion, excess depth vs swing room, or nearby obstructions (reefs, rocks, docks, etc).
I'm sure that it's true that most dragging situations are due to inadequate scope, technique, or diligence. However around here we have to 'make do' with what's practical.
The good news is that, esp in summer, up here conditions generally mellow overnight, often to calm, and we have no shortage of good, sheltered options. These same conditions make rafting up a far less stressful situation.
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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)