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post #18 of Old 06-30-2010 Thread Starter
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I appreciate all of the advice guys. I owe you all a round of barley pops.

In all the years I've been sailing I can count the times on two hands that I've had to anchor overnight. In SoCal it just isn't necessary until you get to the more remote areas. I'm an expert at docking in all conditions...and picking up a mooring ball though.

John, I do have a furling headsail and it did occur to me that I should probably take it down while at anchor. I'll drop it this weekend to see what effect that has.

I won't have a riding sail in time for this weekend but my better half is handy with a sewing machine and I have a stack of sails from past boats, so I may try to whip something up. How is the luff supported, does it have extra ribbing or a batten to keep it from collapsing, halyard or?

I can see the logic in nylon stretch being partly to blame for my swing. I can't see it snubbing but I'll watch for it next time. Adding more chain isn't going to make weighing anchor fun without a windlass but for peace of mind I'm willing to give it a shot.

SD, does rudder position matter when anchored from the stern?
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