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Stern Anchoring Question
So, I've read a lot about setting an anchor and all the various techniques folks use. I have set an anchor from the bow of my 26' sailboat several times now using under power using the typical "approach anchor spot, lower anchor, back away under power slowly, set anchor, back down hard to make sure set" technique.
However, I'm interested in honing my setting anchor under sail skills. The question is, why not set the anchor the following way:
1. select anchor spot
2. approach spot sailing dead downwind, main up only, control speed
3. deploy anchor over the stern, from cockpit
4. let 3X scope out then cleat
5. anchor should set and stop downwind motion of boat
6. move rode to the bow chock and cleat
So what am i missing? Why is this technique never used or talked about? Seems a lot easier, especially for singlehanding, rather than dealing with tackle at the bow.