There always seems to be a lot of anchor
talk and suggestions on here and I used a lot of it to make my decision of an anchor
for my new boat I just bought. I have a 32 Morgan 323 that displaces 11,000. The boat had a 25lb CQR
with 35 feet of chain and 200' nylon rode
. I decided to go with a 35lb Manson Supreme and to keep the same rode
setup. Finally put it to the test this weekend.
This past Friday night I anchored inbetween Port Jeff Harbor and Conscience bay just south of Old Field Beach which is a very popular spot to anchor
up. My good buddy rafted up to me for the night with his 25' Parker Pilot House. Three different weather sites said 0% chance of Tstorms after 9pm. Woke up about 1am to the sound of thunder. By the time both my buddy and I put on our jacketts, the rain and wind picked up to the strongest I think I have ever seen it. Whitecaps in the little section of harbor we were in, our boats getting turned and tossed around, the wind and rain were coming so hard that I couldn't see the shoreline which was only 20 yards from us let a lone anything else. The radar
on my computer showed a huge dark red cell directly over us that lasted for about 10 minutes before the wind and rain died down. We then sat in the cockpit unwinding our nerves and watching some of the most spectacular lighting
I have ever seen. I am no expert at judging wind speeds but I have been out when it was blowing 25-35 and this felt much stronger than that so I am guessing it was gusting into the 40s. Luckily that part of it only lasted about 10 mins. Anyone who lives on Long Island or the surrounding area would have heard that storm Friday night.
Anyway though we didn't move an inch. I did have 8:1 scope out because the anchorage wasn't crowded Friday night but I also had a 25' pilot house boat rafted onto me. It was my first major storm while at anchor
but I can definetly say I have a lot of confidence in the new anchor setup. So chalk another one up for the Manson Supreme.