Re: A harrowing tale from Cape Scott
While everything turned out OK in the end, we should also note that the panic could have been avoided.
I have been taught that, when an anchor starts dragging, you do not attempt to resolve the problem by increasing scope: you're anchor is not dug in and is unlikely to do so by simply lengthening rode.
If the crew had adhered to this simple notion, they would have hauled anchor before fouling their neighbour, and re-set in hopes of achieving a better result - as in fact happened after they untangled themselves.
Elsewhere I read a caution about backing up too powerfully to a Mantus anchor. Again, the way I was instructed was to stretch the rode by backing up gently, and then to gradually increase power to the maximum necessary: in other words, do not jerk the boat to a violent stop when setting the anchor.