This is one subject I actually have some experience in. Your comment about anticipating what may happen is right on. Sometimes you have to sacrifice your present comfort for comfort in the AM and departure. When it is really bouncy you can work the rode like reeling in a big fish. As the bow drops pull in and snub. It does not have to be a complete knot just a turn will usually help take the load. Repeat and keep your fingers clear. A Sampson post really helps with this. Unless sailing of the hook in a open anchorage I have the engine running and warm. I often use it to pull the anchor after getting directly above but I drop it into neutral before going forward. You have to be fast and the priority is to get back to the helm and get control of your boat. Dan S/V Marian Claire
Last edited by marianclaire; 12-27-2011 at 08:14 PM.