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Re: my boat dances on a ball

Originally Posted by eherlihy View Post
you can also tie a line (rolling hitch) to your anchor rode, and run it back to a winch. If she dances, crank on the winch till she stops (sounds like the inquisition ).
Bridling the anchor rode will work to head a yacht into waves in an anchorage where the waves and the wind are out of sync but if the yacht wants to sail off her furled headsail, bridling may allow her to fore reach, repeatedly sailing up to the side of her anchor and then falling off. This will work the anchor back and forth, weakening its set, and can be a real pain for other yachts sharing the anchorage. Some while ago we watched a fellow work himself a quarter mile down our river until we finally convinced him to set his storm jib backward, tacked to a stern cleat and free flying and sheeted forward, after which the yacht calmed down and laid quietly to her ground tackle An inexpensive riding sail is a simple, effective and wise investment.

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