Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: toronto, Ontario
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some tips I learned about anchoring this summer!
We headed down to Ontario’s Thousand Islands for a three week vacation this year. Given the shortage of transient slips down that way, the vast majority of boats anchor overnight. We hadn’t done a lot of anchoring but planned on figuring it out. A few previous trips had been relatively successful but entailed a lot of shouting and a very disgruntled Admiral.
Our first night took a couple of tries. We just couldn’t get the anchor to grab and we were backing up all over the bay! Problem was, we were backing up to fast without getting the “hook” set before hand. We also harvested a considerable amount of lake grass with our anchor from dragging it all over the bottom, so setting became impossible. However, we did get firmly anchored for the night which led to our next problem: getting the damn anchor unstuck and back in the boat in the morning!
On two consecutive mornings, it took every ounce of strength I had to free the anchor. The second morning in particular, we had spent the night facing huge winds from a series of thunderstorms, so the anchor was really dug in. Someone, with way more experience than I, made a great suggestion. He said his routine in the morning was to pull up the rode to the point that the scope was near O…then he would go and have a coffee or breakfast. After a while, the anchor would work its own way out and then he easily pulls it up, clears off the weeds and stows it away! I tried that trick and it worked great! The first morning, I reduced the scope to the point that our bow was directly overhead the anchor, tied off the rode and watched. After a minute or so, I could see bubbles starting to come to the surface…and some silt moving. By the time I finished my coffee, it was a breeze to pull up the anchor!
A tip that undoubtedly, saved my back!
I am not really from Toronto
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