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Single handed anchoring questions

Anyone have tips for single handed anchoring? The idea of going from cockpit to bow and back seems inconvenient or worse during heavy weather. Also difficult to do under sail.

Does anyone lower the anchor from the cockpit (either under sail or power), cleat it on a stern cleat, set it, uncleat it, then let out scope and cleat it on the bow?

Or cleat it on the bow but lead the rode outside the lifelines and shrouds back prior to anchoring, then lower it from the cockpit whilst on a reach or run and wait for it to set and swing you around?
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Re: Single handed anchoring questions

Why the bow to cockpit runaround?
Just sail up to where you wish to drop the anchor, loose the main halyard and jib sheet, go forward and drop the anchor and cleat it off when sufficient scope is in the water. Especially in heavier weather, the boat will drop back and set the anchor; really not much for you to do. While she is dropping back you can be dropping the jib and furling the main.
Every single day we see people anchor quite nicely, then unanchor themselves by backing down on their gear. Then up it comes and they do it again, and again. Sometimes it takes 4 tries, when they had done the deed the first time, just fine. I am not talking about bareboaters here; these are cruisers who just don't seem to have mastered anchoring, even though I'm sure they have been at this for some time.
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Re: Single handed anchoring questions

Thanks capta, but what do you mean by "backing down on their gear"?
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Re: Single handed anchoring questions

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Thanks capta, but what do you mean by "backing down on their gear"?
Using the engine in reverse to set the anchor.
Obviously if you are Med style mooring, you need to back down on your gear, but otherwise it is usually unnecessary and counter productive.
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Re: Single handed anchoring questions

Sailing by ones self to anchor is a bit more that I wpuld recommend

I motor up... Then with a SLOW walk, I slowly wander towards the bow and nonchalantly lower the anchor the normal way.

I try to imagine the whole anchorage watching and taking off points for any panicked movements, so i do it all in shuch a relaxed manner.

It works.

Now I an anchor in any weather close to anyone else.



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Re: Single handed anchoring questions

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Now I an anchor in any weather close to anyone else.
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Hahaha.... what would do when you wondering around looking for anchorage, everyone is standing at the bow and staring at you like they are just ready to ripe you head off.

Many moons ago, I had an instructor who is a big fellow often stood at the bow starring at anyone within a mile away. I was embarrassed. Geeze, can we co-exist. The last time I look, there is no law stating that the first anchored boat owes all surrounding water.
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The last time I look, there is no law stating that the first anchored boat owes all surrounding water.
No, but they do own the water in their swing radius.
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Re: Single handed anchoring questions

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Using the engine in reverse to set the anchor.
Obviously if you are Med style mooring, you need to back down on your gear, but otherwise it is usually unnecessary and counter productive.
that's how it is been taught around here and i learned it that way...

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Re: Single handed anchoring questions

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Using the engine in reverse to set the anchor.
Obviously if you are Med style mooring, you need to back down on your gear, but otherwise it is usually unnecessary and counter productive.
I don't agree. It does make sense to let the anchor settle a bit and make sure there is enough rode out before backing down, but the engine won't generate anything like the force of even medium winds. Backing down on your anchor is good practice.

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I motor up... Then with a SLOW walk, I slowly wander towards the bow and nonchalantly lower the anchor the normal way.
Exactly. There really shouldn't be any drama.

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The last time I look, there is no law stating that the first anchored boat owes all surrounding water.
True enough. There is a long-standing custom that the first anchored boat establishes the pattern (one anchor or two, amount of scope) and politeness dictates that the first anchored boat defines how close "too close" might be.
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Re: Single handed anchoring questions

I just anchored under sail and singlehanded for the first time this last weekend. Capta's description pretty much described the process. They key was planning the approach and having everything ready to such as the anchor being ready to drop. I sailed off the anchor too. Definitely makes one feel like a salty sailor of old and no engine noise!

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