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Old 07-27-2010
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We keep a second anchor in the lazarette, flaked and ready to go and attached to a hard point belowdecks. In a real emergency, the helm could reach down, fling it off the stern, and snub it around a stern cleat before the rode came tight. Or just let the 100' of rode run out. Stern-to isn't the best attitude for a sailboat to take in a storm, but on flat water it's okay and it beats "sideways on the beach" by a long stretch.

If the bower is on a self-launching roller, it could be dropped from the cockpit or from a front hatch. Again, you will have time to snub the rode before the strain comes on. I agree foredeck work is not wise in those conditions. Part of 'tactical anchoring' will be figuring out safe ways to deploy. I just think a good parking brake is sometimes the preferred option, but often people will sail or motor their boats right into the rocks and never think to try an anchor. Any anchor.
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