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Mooring off Stern?
I''d like to put a plug in for you to experiment with springing the rode, as Gord referenced and Tor Pinney''s article suggests. I VERY much dislike his drawing, which suggests placing the boat beam-to the wind; talk about odd motion and noise + commotion, yikes! But we''ve often sprung our anchor rode when dealing with that sideways surge and I can picture it being a way to use your spar & rig''s windage to an advantage vs. being its victim.
In our case, I use about 40'' of 7/16"+/- line and tie a rolling hitch onto the main rode just in front of the roller (so the knot doesn''t later complain), carry the line aft and outboard everything to the sheet winch, and temporarily leave it there on the self-tailing cleat with some slack in it. I then veer some rode at the bow, essentially playing around and trying to find the right ''place'' for the boat (in our case, to minimize roll). Understand that in e.g. 15 kts of wind, that secondary ''trimming line'' is seeing a lot of force, and I find using the sheet winch to arrange the final ''trim'' of the boat''s lie to its anchor is helfpul. (FWIW our boat is 13M/42'' and 11 tons).
Think of it as learning to ride a bike; you may not instantly find it works, and in changing conditions it may work less well, or take some additional trimming. But I bet it will improve things. (And BTW, please report back and tell the rest of us what you found out!)