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nnah, looks like photo shop.

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nnah, looks like photo shop.
You realize who you're talking about here, don't you? I can barely figure out how to post a photo -- doctoring one is way out of my league!


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We used to carry an anchor ball and hoist it at the appropriate time - but I never saw anyone else doing it - and I was asked more than once what it was for - by boaters. So I started asking other boaters if they knew what it meant - a few knew, not many. The darn thing was a hassle to store - we could deflate it but then had to inflate it each time we used it - finally decided it was too much hassle for the worth and got rid of it. Last I saw it some kids were playing dodgeball with it.

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We used to carry an anchor ball and hoist it at the appropriate time - but I never saw anyone else doing it - and I was asked more than once what it was for - by boaters. So I started asking other boaters if they knew what it meant - a few knew, not many. The darn thing was a hassle to store - we could deflate it but then had to inflate it each time we used it - finally decided it was too much hassle for the worth and got rid of it. Last I saw it some kids were playing dodgeball with it.
Plastimo solved that storage problem a while back. That "ball" you see hanging from our rigging is actually two flat pieces of plastic that marry together via a slot in each if them. When not in use the pieces come apart, lay flat, and take up virtually no space. Plastimo Anchor Ball.

P.S. I have no doubt that most boaters won't recognize the anchor ball day shape. But I'm reasonably confident that the courts will!


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P.S. I have no doubt that most boaters won't recognize the anchor ball day shape. But I'm reasonably confident that the courts will!
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I've always wanted to get an anchoring ball but about the only ones that uses it are the many ships that's around anchorage here. I've never seen any power or sail boats use one here in Singapore. Don't want to be odd one out. But anchor lights Yes, I do see them being use here.

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We used to carry an anchor ball and hoist it at the appropriate time - but I never saw anyone else doing it - and I was asked more than once what it was for - by boaters. So I started asking other boaters if they knew what it meant - a few knew, not many. The darn thing was a hassle to store - we could deflate it but then had to inflate it each time we used it - finally decided it was too much hassle for the worth and got rid of it. Last I saw it some kids were playing dodgeball with it.
As John pointed out, it really has more to do with legal liabilities and covering yourself than any practical benefits - although it can't hurt, and maybe somebody will appreciate being able to tell with a glance from a distance that you're anchored.

As to the law, it can become a complex topic, and I am not a lawyer, but precedent cases have recognized "local customs" as a factor behind whether or not a signal (shape or light) is required in any given area, which implies that the exact letter of the law or regulations may not necessarily be the end of the story.

Just don't be the clown in the anchorage at night who thinks a strobe light is acceptable as an anchor light!

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I agree that back creek is very narrow. And the holding is poor- soft squishy mud. I am not holding the boat that hit me at fault- these things do happen from time to time, and there is no blame to be had. I introduced the thread more to say that it IS important both to check all one's equipment on a regular basis ( which if I had done more faithfully I would have noticed the loose bolts on the drive saver) and that a cruising vessel, even coastal cruising, should carry a number of anchor systems on board. This is the first time I have had to deploy every anchor I had, and was thankful that I had as many as I did- I might even add another anchor tothe list!
THere is also the question of the city of annapolis taking the best anchorages and putting in mooring balls for $25 a night, that lie mostly unused, but that is a different thread!
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THe moral of this is to check ALL things regularly and carry lots of anchors and enough rode to deploy them.....
I suggest that the moral of the story, insofar as anchors are concerned, is to carry and use always an adequately sized anchor which is going to be effective in the conditions it will be used in. You have three different types of old generation picks which clearly all failed you, until the Danforth added enough resistance to do the job - but you still ended up with a deployed mess of rodes and anchors, which could have seen things go from bad to worse in the event of further complications such as worsening weather. Wouldn't it be better to have a single set-up that you could rely upon, and the spares stay down below for the real worst case scenarios?

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I think that if I had been able to back down on the Delta it would have held. it had been holding nicely before it was dragged out. but there was no wind to push the boat back. I agee that ideally one has an anchor that holds in all conditions- and the Delta has been good to me so far- but there are always going to be times when having other anchors aboard can be useful. Part of the reason for the failure was that rowing the anchors out meant I had to take the chain off and use all rope rode.
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