Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Oak Harbor, WA
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Thanks for the reply. I don't think the bottom conture in most of the local coves I've looked at on the charts or read about in the cruising guides for up here would support anchoring in 20 foot of water. We run an average 10 foot tide (or there abouts) and the shores, even in the more protected coves, tend to drop off to 70 feet or more fairly close to shore. Maybe others have different experiences in the Southcentral Alaskan cruising grounds, but most anywhere I've looked into calls for boats to anchor in 50 to 70 ft of water.
Maybe I need to purchase a longer anchor line?
And no...no windlass. I run the line back to the starboard main winch thru a fairlead (it's a three speed non self-tailing winch) and use it to haul up the anchor. My wife stands by on the bow and tails the line into the anchor locker until we get to the chain. Then I move forward and pull the chain and anchor in by hand. It's a lot of work but it gets the job done.
By the way, what's a kellet?