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post #3 of Old 12-27-2011
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I have on occasion, started the engine, kept it at idle speed put it forward on autopilot and gone forward to retrieve the anchor. If it's windy enough the boat will creep forward slowly enough for me to get the anchor up out of the water, or at least cut the wind resistance down enough for me to pull toward the anchor. I recognize the potential hazard of doing this. I usually anchor in water that's 20 ft. or less.. and the boat is 34 ft...once the anchor is free, I can retrieve the last 20 or so ft ( chain) pretty quickly.
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