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Re: Polyester sling for chafe control

Originally Posted by Sea Dawg View Post
Only meant to let the boat swing allowing the bow to take the wind and waves. More important on some boats than others, but I don't think there are any weather situations warranting an anchor off the stern. That's all. Some debate two anchors off the bow, but I think there are times that will be an improvement. For example when you have to anchor in close quarters to limit swing movement.
I can't think of any situation that would warrant it either. Anchoring with the stern towards wind and waves sounds kinda dangerous to me. I agree it would depend on the design of the boat but I think at the very least the rudder would be at risk even if the boat wasn't more likely to ship water over the transom.
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Re: Polyester sling for chafe control

Originally Posted by Sea Dawg View Post
Rule of thumb, don't ever anchor from the stern.
Rule of thumb, don't ever use absolutes.

Don Jordan who knows (knew? - is he still alive?) much more about these things than most, is a great proponent of using a stern anchor, especially in extreme conditions. He wrote an interesting evaluation that I'm sure you can track down if you are interested.

I have experimented with bow and then stern anchor in moderate conditions and decided that in extreme conditions I would use a stern anchor on the longest bridle I have, mounted a low as possible (which is the drogue mounting points).

I have heard the arguments for and against and I suspect the it depends on the boat, how the anchor is rigged and how bad the conditions are. I really don't care how you anchor, unless you are directly upwind from me, but anyone who is interested can do the research and make their own decision.

I was afraid that my comment would cause thread drift and I'm not going to engage in a lengthy discussion, so maybe we can just agree to differ. Maybe it depends on whether you use a Rocna
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