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Old 07-19-2014
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Anchoring under sail

I have a 22' boat on a small city lake that doesn't allow gas engines, so I use a trolling motor. I have a Danforth-style anchor stored in a cockpit locker. I don't even want to go over the clown show that was me anchoring on Independence Day. Suffice it to say there was a small amount of blood.

Anyway, here's my plan for dropping the anchor for lunch/swimming: Take down the jib while sailing. Go to the anchoring location close hauled. Leave the main sheeted in tight and point head-to-wind. Walk the anchor up and drop it, feeding out the rode as the boat drifts downwind. After enough rode is out cleat it off, then push the main out to backwind it and set the anchor. Take down main and have lunch.

Is this a reasonable plan? Any better ideas or things I should be aware of?
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