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Re: What do I do if someone anchors too close?

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3:1 is a little short scoped- are you SURE you didn't move?
3;1 is fine for a lunch hook, but overnight, when not keeping a regular anchor watch?
Too short.
3:1 is all you can do here. I have a storm sized anchor and a boat length if chain. It holds like a concrete block

He anchored right next to me. I think he only had 1.5:1.
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Re: What do I do if someone anchors too close?

I'm a lawyer.
You gotta document both the damage as well as your claim of who caused it.
To do both take pictures, and all the appropriate authorities to make a report. The report and the pictures (your testimony and your evidence) is all you need to prevail. Ask the friend who saw where you anchored to be on hand when you give your report---make sure the authorities write down what your friend tells them also.
If you dont do both...its just his word against yours.
But if you do both...you will get the money you will need to fix your boat.

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Re: What do I do if someone anchors too close?

What Advocate said x100!!!

I'd be wild if somebody got that close to my boat, are you kidding me ?

Who should you call ? Call EVERYBODY!
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What are you pretending not to know ?

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Re: What do I do if someone anchors too close?

I'd wait until it gets dark, pull up my anchor, fling a molotov into his cockpit and slip quietly away. At least that's what I'd like to do.

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+ 1 on getting a signed Witness statement. I wouldn't delay on that.
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Re: What do I do if someone anchors too close?

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3:1 is all you can do here. I have a storm sized anchor and a boat length if chain. It holds like a concrete block

He anchored right next to me. I think he only had 1.5:1.
I don't care what you got, anchor-wise - scope is scope and 3:1 is too short.

Go after the guy for damages, bec ause he was clerarly shorter and tighter than you, but you ARE running too short.
A concrete block drags when pulled by a 3000 lb boat on the tide.
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Re: What do I do if someone anchors too close?

This is a prime example of why our GPS is ALWAYS making cookie trails when we are anchored.

I would personally make a video of this clowns habits and post them on YouTube for the world to see just who to watch out for. Oh and yes do report this to the authorities and document, document, document with pictures, video etc. etc...
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Re: What do I do if someone anchors too close?

What a drag... Bummer. I'd be talking to him real quick and get some cash now.....


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Re: What do I do if someone anchors too close?

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Play Megadeath at a high volume and walk the decks naked
I don't understand. How would acting normally have any impact on him?

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Re: What do I do if someone anchors too close?

Errr why didn't you move?

Imho you are at least 50% to blame. Maybe/propably more.

If the boat anchored and you saw it was too close before it hit you then you had the option of moving. If you chose not to move and there was nobody aboard the mobo then you are mostly to blame for the damage.

Yes you were there first but the doctrine of a reasonable man applies'. You could have mitigated or prevented the damage.

I am in my 11th year as a liveaboard cruiser almost all of it spent on the hook. I have moved several times to avoid being hit. And yes it was mostly some numpty on a mobo who either did the 2 to 1 trick or had an undersize anchor, some times both.

However the most memorable one was in Nassau and was the subject of some quite involved litigation. A fair size mobo arrived and anchored. He let out plenty of scope say 15 to 1 rope of course and settled back into a hole amongst other anchored boats before going ashore. Now those of you who know Nassau know it has a strong reversing tidal current that runs through the anchorage. The pilot guides all mention it and the need to anchor 'Bahamian moor style' which is two anchors set at 180 degrees, inline with the currents. All the other boats were on Bahamian moors. The tide changed and the current reversed with a fair breeze blowing at 90 degrees. What ensued can best be described as boat pinball. I was on the edge of his swinging circle and was able to shorten one anchor chain and lengthen the other to move out of range.
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