A good anchor and rode gives you the option of riding the storm out by anchoring in sheltered waters for the duration of the storm. Most summer thunderstorms aren't very long, and anchoring and riding them out allows you to stay inside the boat, where you'll be more protected from the lightning.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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