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Re: What do I do if the anchorage is full?

I don't object to people who try to anchor too close until it's obvious that they are setting their anchor right over mine or will certainly create a tangled anchor mess by morning, or have no room for enough scope to avoid slipping down on me in the middle of the night. It is simply amazing how many people have no freaking clue about getting their boats anchored, which way the wind/current is running, and how much rode to put out. Just getting an anchor set seems to be a mystery to many people, so yes, I can get a little crabby at times when clueless people with zillion dollar boats demonstrate their boating skills.
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Re: What do I do if the anchorage is full?

I'm pretty good at anchoring. I never get too close to others. I want to keep it this way. I'm not going to try to pack myself in if I don't feel confident that I will not bump others in the night.

The reason I was worried is that where I'm going some of the anchorages are far apart so if I'm sailing with the intention of going to silva bay and I get there and it's full I've got a problem. Sometimes it might jot even matter if I get tere at 7. There still could be no place close enough. I'm sure it will be ok though.

I like the solution best were I just anchor farther in the channel and have a bumpy night.
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Re: What do I do if the anchorage is full?

You must arrive by 2 or 3 in many anchorages around here to either get the choice spots or any available mooring. Although, we have many places to bail to, if it doesn't work out well. Then again, some of our anchorages are inconceivable they will actually fill.

I suspect its the same phenomenon as the OP suggests. Some people don't like to get up early.
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Re: What do I do if the anchorage is full?

Just remember that if everyone else is on a bow anchor only you cannot anchor with them using two anchors.

You can in many places anchor like this, and be very much closer to the shore and still safe. Note the two stern lines tied from the boat to the shore.

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Re: What do I do if the anchorage is full?

Here is another small anchorage where ingenuity helped.

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Re: What do I do if the anchorage is full?

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You must arrive by 2 or 3 in many anchorages around here to either get the choice spots or any available mooring. Although, we have many places to bail to, if it doesn't work out well. Then again, some of our anchorages are inconceivable they will actually fill.
IMO, if one really wants to SAIL in a cruising ground as popular as southern New England, keep the size of the boat modest, and her draft minimal... There's good reason why keel/centerboarders have long been a great choice for such an area, they often allow you to anchor on the periphery of an otherwise 'filled' anchorage, such as a place like Cuttyhunk so often is...

This is the big conundrum of summer cruising in such an area, if you want to score a mooring in so many places, you need to arrive early... That time is often before the afternoon sea breeze kicks in, so those who might actually prefer to SAIL to their destination are generally gonna 'lose out' to those who will depart early in the day, and motor all the way there...

Sometimes, the best thing you can do is put away the cruising guide, and simply pull out a chart... You might be surprised what you might find, a perfectly suitable spot that has yet to be 'Active Captain Certified'... (grin)

Nantucket's Head of the Harbor is one of my favorites... It's tricky getting up there, not every boat can make it... But if you do, it's like having Great Salt Pond all to yourself, I've yet to ever see another cruising boat when I've been up there...


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Re: What do I do if the anchorage is full?

Jon, while a retractable keel is great in the area around you, I think that in my case where a blue water passage and cruising in southern Chile and even probably all the way out to Fiji, and French Polynesia and in some very rough waters a retractable keel or even a very shallow draft might not work. I am looking at full keel boats, not huge, but they will not be tiny either. The point is that everyone has preferences, and anchoring with what you have requires several things, number one among these is to know your vessel and your harbour of choice. If you are in Patagonia and you sail into a beautiful harbour where there are no trees you need to know that the wind may be very bad in that anchorage. If you find a place with trees in the shelter, you can be sure that it will be better than one without trees.
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Re: What do I do if the anchorage is full?

Jon,

Ironically, Cuttyhunk is a place that I consider to have virtually unlimited anchorage. It's just a matter of how close you get to the inner harbor.

Most of the depth limited anchorages, seem to be a bit further north of us, but there are certainly many.

That back pond at Nantucket is gorgeous, but you're right, its very tricky. It's essentially enclosed by a huge sand bar and the bottom is very shoaly.
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Re: What do I do if the anchorage is full?

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it's like having Great Salt Pond all to yourself, I've yet to ever see another cruising boat when I've been up there...

No wonder. With those three people on the dock trying to hug anyone in sight!
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No wonder. With those three people on the dock trying to hug anyone in sight!
I was behaving, but .... the real issue is that some of them may be wearing spandex in an inappropriate manner...spandex, it is not a right but a privilege.
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