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I am hoping you can help me solve an achoring problem I constantly experience. I own a 7.8 meter trailer sailer called a Ross 780, if you do a google a couple of sites will come up and show what it looks like. The problem I experience is a constant darting of the boat from side to side whilst at anchor. The movement is not a swing, more like the boat sailing off on a tack until it pulls on the chain which turns the boat and it darts off on the other tack until it pulls on the chain again, it repeats this all day and night whilst wind is about. I have 8 meters of 8mm chain out and nylon rope after that, I have tried scope from 8:1 to 4:1 to try to stop the darting. I have my dagger keel down for stability, which has a draft of 1.8meters. I have my dagger rudder down and tied off in the straight ahead position. I am usually anchored in 2 to 3 meters of depth.
Any suggestions as to how to stop this movement would be greatly appreciated.