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round here, North East Coast, in crowded anchorages some yahoos call Seatow or SafeSea and say, my anchor's been triped by another boat, how soon can you assist?

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I've dragged anchor plenty of times. I've been fortunate never to run into anyone. I've finally come up with an anchoring system that works for me so that I've had a lot less dragging recently. But I think because of windage, catamarans in general are more prone to dragging than other boats.

I did have a boat drag into me last fall. No damage except a ruined night's sleep. I was sympathetic to the plight of the couple on the other boat. But the one thing I didn't hear from them, which I would have appreciated, was an apology.

A six pack of beer or a bottle of wine would have gone a long way towards smoothing over the situation too.

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A moving boat hitting an anchored boat or other fixed object is not a collision, it is an allision. just bein' picky!

I'd certainly apologize. It might be worth noting that the vessel allided with is not without responsibility. If the damage and consequences got pricey resulting in things going to admiralty one might find that inaction by the anchored boat could result in partial liability. The notion that you anchor your boat and as long as your anchor is holding you're free of any further actions or liability is not correct.

For instance, if a boat is dragging anchor and is unable to reset or manoeuver under sail or power and makes all of the required efforts to signal her condition it will go poorly for the boat she allides with determined to have had no anchor watch and the potential for getting under way. Obviously the majority of anchorages consist of such close quarters situations that allison is almost unavoidable. But the notion of set it and forget it should be rejected.
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Along with Sway's comments, it's worth noting again, that if conditions are such that dragging is a possibility, especially a distinct one, an anchor watch should be in effect. I've spent a few nights, with two anchors down, and still didn't get much sleep, though I held through the night.
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If you're not setting an anchor watch, you need to set at least a GPS anchor alarm. Generally, I get up fairly frequently to check that we're not dragging.
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The weakness to those anchor alarms is that, to be effective, they must be set for a distance that will trigger the alarm during the normal swing of the boat. This is a particular problem when a long rode is deployed as it would be in anticipation of weather. In my experience, an alarm that falses is worse than no alarm. Longtime readers know that I am a strong advocate of anchor watches when there is any likelyhood of either one's own vessel or another's dragging anchor.
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If the wind and current aren't expected to shift, setting a GPS anchor alarm can be very effective, since you can set the alarm radius fairly small. I don't advocate a GPS anchor alarm in place of a proper anchor watch, especially in heavy weather or when conditions are changing rapidly. But in more settled conditions, there isn't any reason that a GPS anchor alarm can't be used for what it is intended for.

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The weakness to those anchor alarms is that, to be effective, they must be set for a distance that will trigger the alarm during the normal swing of the boat. This is a particular problem when a long rode is deployed as it would be in anticipation of weather. In my experience, an alarm that falses is worse than no alarm. Longtime readers know that I am a strong advocate of anchor watches when there is any likelyhood of either one's own vessel or another's dragging anchor.
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