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post #22 of Old 02-14-2013
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Re: my boat dances on a ball

All very good advice given above. My own hole in the ocean tends to sail around its anchor or mooring as well. I don't have a riding sail (yet!) but have discovered that a small mushroom anchor off the stern with just enough scope to drag but not bury does a surprisingly good job a settling the boat down.

At anchor it doesn't bother me but I have had guests that get uncomfortable below with the motion which lead to the discovery of the mushroom anchor as a drag. Oddly enough my Catalina 310 is most jumpy in lighter wind, once it gets up over 10-15 knots it points into it (or slightly off) without sailing around much.

It's my happy pill
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