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post #7 of Old 06-17-2010
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Tried the method described by Zanshin this April.

A charter in BVI, no windlass, I guess they assumed everybody uses a mooring ball.

We had to much chain out in 25ft on a sandy bottom. To much chain because as my daughter dropped the anchor the chain was going to fast and I told her not to hurt herself trying to stop it.

Pull in some rode until we were comfortable with the scope for the night, checked shore landmarks for reference if we started drifting. All OK.

Next morning try to bring in the anchor, to much chain for one person.

So I pull up about two arms length, daughter cleats off and drops loose chain in locker, pause and repeat, and repeat,.... Half an hour later we are on our way and I have some serious blisters.

Back at base, charter company has new electric windlass on order. Good to know we can haul a lot of chain if a windlass fails but I would rather not do it again.

1970 Havsfidra 20 by Fisksatra
On the Delaware River at Fox Grove Marina Essington PA
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