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post #16 of Old 07-14-2008
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Unchained melodies...

As a permanent live-aboard, I have seen my share of anchoring nightmares. Once, the guy on the boat in front of us accused us of dragging forwards onto his stern!

A couple of years ago we had been anchored in one spot for a couple of weeks when someone parked slightly closer to our bows than we would have liked and this (how I wish I had made a note of his boat name) German's yacht dragged while he was below.

We have a long, heavy bowsprit and, as his boat approached, my partner called out (this was mid-afternoon) and the guy came up above decks, started his motor and tried to motor his 42' Halberg-Rassy over our 12mm chain... you could hear the sawing on the keel and he wouldn't listen when my husband suggested he go astern. The bowsprit was rearing up and crashing down as the waves rolled in and, gradually, as his whole boat passed under it, his stanchions crumpled, his boat was destroyed and, as a grand finale, his radar dome smashed into a grillion pieces... His dinghy got caught up and had to be cut away (but a kind neighbour grabbed it and later tied it onto the back of our boat) and things were about as bad as they could get for this idiot (not a mark on us)...

He was trying to get his anchor up and my partner yelled at him to buoy it off and drop it, get out of there fast and come back for the ground tackle later. He dumped the tackle but forgot the buoying-off part...

The next day, this idiot came back with a diver in a rib, retrieved his anchor (from way too close to our chain) and took back his dinghy saying "You were too close to me, that's all. It's a matter of seamanship."

Don't you just love those armchair admirals?

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