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Whats an anchor remote?
Something that allows you to raise the anchor from the helm. It can be a switch on a long lead or now a days wireless remotes are more common.

In a situation like the one suffered by the OP starting the engine and using that with rudder to nudge away from the MOBO works but if you have to go up front to retrieve the anchor it makes things worse as you pendulum back. You need to keep manouvering clear as the anchor comes up.
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Something that allows you to raise the anchor from the helm. It can be a switch on a long lead or now a days wireless remotes are more common.
Yup, straight from the Sea-Ray School of Pushbutton Seamanship, undoubtedly the technique employed by the guy in dropping his hook to begin with... (grin)

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In a situation like the one suffered by the OP starting the engine and using that with rudder to nudge away from the MOBO works but if you have to go up front to retrieve the anchor it makes things worse as you pendulum back. You need to keep manouvering clear as the anchor comes up.
Often is such a situation, the best tactic would be to simply let out more scope, prior to to dropping the rode completely - after buoying the end, naturally, with a few fenders, or whatever - letting it all float free and clear, then returning to retrieve your gear... Whenever one drops the hook anywhere, one should always be prepared for such an eventuality, it can often offer your best chance of making a quick escape from a dicey situation, and a primary rationale why any cruising boat should always have 2 anchors with independent rodes at the ready... If I'm anchored in a tight spot with other boats around, waiting for a frontal passage or a line of strong thunderstorms to move through, I will definitely be prepared to cast the rode free should should someone upwind begin to drag down upon me... It should always be one of the FIRST things one might consider doing in such a situation, IMHO...
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Something that allows you to raise the anchor from the helm. It can be a switch on a long lead or now a days wireless remotes are more common.
So Like a remote operated windlass?

I got a new plan of attack for NOB. You can claim his boat had dragged anchor and was adrift. Your boats actions saved it from being dragged ashore and becoming a total loss.

Enjoy your new powerboat.
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Re: What do I do if someone anchors too close?

Haha. I like that. I've got the paperwork from the sheriff. Is tere anything I can do now that the boater has left the area? If I file the report today will the track him down?
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Re: What do I do if someone anchors too close?

I'd contact the authorities and report your new boat stolen.

So you did get a Sheriff's report? How about a statement or the contact information from the neighbors? I would contact your insurance company. They should track this guy down so they don't have to pay to repair your boat.

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

I dont have an insurance company.

I have two witness statements.
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Its up to you then to track him down and take him to court then.

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I shouldn't bother. Damage was minor. I don't want to bring the world of courts and lawyers and bs into the boating world. His biggest crime was brig a dick. If I be a dick in return the water will turn into land. Ill spend my time sailing instead of getting vengeance.

Thanks or all the help. In the future if I'm in a worse situation, now I know what to do.
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I shouldn't bother. Damage was minor. I don't want to bring the world of courts and lawyers and bs into the boating world. His biggest crime was brig a dick.
His being a dick is the reason to take him to court. If he was just a poor mariner but was nice and apologetic about it, I would probably just fix it myself but the fact he hits your boat and does not apologize or offer to repair it, means he is a bad person as well as a bad mariner. He brings a power buffer with him while cruising? Maybe he drags anchor each night and has to buff off the evidence each morning.

Taking him to court may cause his insurance to go up or the company to make him take some lessons. Holding him accountable would be doing a service to your fellow sailors. I would at least get an estimate for your repairs from a marina and send it to him, to see what happens.
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Re: What do I do if someone anchors too close?

You can get a written estimate, track him down, and bring him to small claims court. Photos of the damage, the estimate, police report, and a couple of affidavits should give you enough to win the case.

Worst case you are out $25 or so and really screwed up this guys day, best case you get a couple of grand to fix what he broke. You also get all of his contact info to post on the web...LOL
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