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Would you anchor this close?

Would you anchor a 10 foot draft boat this close from shore, on a place with constant 3 to 5 knot currents, and 2 complete tides a day??

At low tide the distance to the beach water line was 10 to 15 feet.






The "chanel" in Culatra is clearly visible here, its around 60 feet wide.

At low tide, the distance from the keel to the sand was 1 foot!!

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Would depend on how well my anchor was set

But then, I wouldn't have a 10' draft boat in the first place!
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Over there, I use the tandem anchor method (yeah....yeah...I know...Craig...)

Otherwise....bye bye.....
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Gui, If the cut there is only 60' wide and where you anchored you said there was one foot under your keel that makes it 11' ft. and then take the water line to the anchor roller maybe another 5 ft. you would need 112 ft. of rode out for a 7/1 scope. Not nearly enough room unless you reduce scope to 4/1 or use a stern anchor. So I would answer your question yes if I was familiar with the area and being confident in my ground tackle and anchoring skills.
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Gui, If the cut there is only 60' wide and where you anchored you said there was one foot under your keel that makes it 11' ft. and then take the water line to the anchor roller maybe another 5 ft. you would need 112 ft. of rode out for a 7/1 scope. Not nearly enough room unless you reduce scope to 4/1 or use a stern anchor. So I would answer your question yes if I was familiar with the area and being confident in my ground tackle and anchoring skills.
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ehehehehehehehe

I am very confident in my anchoring skills...eheheheh

Actually over there I only use 15 meters of chain, and 3 meters of rope, so I can cleat the rope to the bow cleat. That is around 54 feet of rode.

Actually its a 4,9/1 scope. I use a tandem anchor arrangment (yeah....yeahh...I know Craig....), that is what everyone uses in that area, when so close to the shore, in the channel.

Also you can only get in or out at high tide, which the variation in there is 3 meters, or 9 feet.

It helps that I know the channel and the area like my hand, and know how ti get there....
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If you cannnot get out at low tide, what happens if you get a big blow ? Or is the place sheltered enough that this is not an issue ?
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Depends, yes in some occasions...you are pretty sheltered from seas, as the place has a large sand bank to the south, and the southern coast of Portugal to the North (in fact on the lower photo you see the city of Faro in the background), Its open to the East and to the West.

So if the winds blow from the East, or west, waves can get big, but the wind rarely blows over 35 40 knots.

If the wind is from the south, you're OK, but I never saw southern winds...if they are from the North, the waves are medium to large, but the winds can get up to 60 knots in a storm.

We actually got hit pretty heavy in August in a ugly storm, and were considerably safe, safer than at sea...that day 3 boats ran ashore, all with traditional single anchors, we stayed put....
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sounds kind of iffy to me.... Of course, I'm not a crazy portagee...
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Depends, yes in some occasions...you are pretty sheltered from seas, as the place has a large sand bank to the south, and the southern coast of Portugal to the North (in fact on the lower photo you see the city of Faro in the background), Its open to the East and to the West.

So if the winds blow from the East, or west, waves can get big, but the wind rarely blows over 35 40 knots.

If the wind is from the south, you're OK, but I never saw southern winds...if they are from the North, the waves are medium to large, but the winds can get up to 60 knots in a storm.

We actually got hit pretty heavy in August in a ugly storm, and were considerably safe, safer than at sea...that day 3 boats ran ashore, all with traditional single anchors, we stayed put....
Hmmmm...confused I think.

Where exactly are you anchored ? The island is actually Faro ? There's a village called Culatra ? One part of the Google Earth shot of the area refers to a Culatra Island but it seems to merely be the north east of Faro Island ??

So, I'm guessing you are either in the indentation in the NE corner of Faro or further to the W near Culatra village. Either way I guess pretty well protected by the island itself.
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G, I never like to take a boat into water any shallower than masthead height. In the belief that the worst thing that can possibly happen is to roll or pitchpole a boat, and as long as the mast can't get stuck while that's happening, everything else can be dealt with.

Having said that...I have taken boats, and been on boats, into much tighter places. I just wouldn't and won't do so without a Damn Good Reason for being there. Six inches of water is plenty of clearance (below or to the side) but...first I want that Damned Good Reason.
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