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Re: Trip to Block Island...
Hi Brad, Just a personal preference. Not everyone does as you do.. let out sufficient scope for the deeper water and check your neighbors set/swing.
So, one thought is someone sees 15 ft water doesn't look around and sets their scope. if I'm in 23 ft ..we will likely end up with a different swing radius. The other reason
( my thinking) is what side of the slope of that mound is someone setting on? if the downslope toward the bow are they getting the right angle to the bottom? If the anchor drags, will it reset?
Last summer a guy and his GF/Wife? sets on that 12 ft mound...very little scope, but all chain, gets in his dinghy and leaves. Most of us were in 20 ft + . He starts to drag, and drags right off the mound, he didn't even have enough chain out to hit the bottom once he was off the mound. I called the harbormaster as he drifted by me headed for a very expensive powerboat. They towed him to a mooring and left him there. The towboat came by to have me sign a witness statement, and told me the guy's anchor was just hanging there. When I left for the race early the next morning, they hadn't returned to their boat yet ( no dinghy).
Then, As I pulled up my anchor, someone else had come in, in the night and had their boat sitting right over my anchor, luckily the wind shifted just in time for me to raise it clear of him, as I waved. It's really a crap shoot there in the summer. We do the best we can. I try to get a mooring whenever I can.
Last edited by Tempest; 07-23-2013 at 12:39 AM.