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Here are my tips to make sure you get a good night sleep. They work!!! You will have entire anchorages to yourself:


1) Scream down to the kids (so that the anchorage will hear) "YOU BOYS PUT THAT SHOTGUN BACK IN MY CASE! I AIN'T FINISHED MY BEERS... YET!!"
Don't have kids... so that won't work for me.

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2) (Cam told me about this one, but I have not tried it yet) Dress in Drag and keep waving over at the other boats. If they still don't leave, jump in the dink and go over to introduce yourself.
Don't carry women's clothing aboard, since I don't generally have to wear it when all my clothes get thrown in the trash by Bubba at the Laundromat, so this is out too.

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3) Go to each boat and ask them if they have a rebuild kit for a XJ-2000 Macerator. Yours has gone out and is spewing into the bay. Remind them not to swim or run the watermaker.
This might be an option, but my crap smells like roses... so this is out too.

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4) "HEY! YEAH YOU! YA'LL HEAR ABOUT THAT MAN THAT DISSAPEARED HERE LAST WEEK?? THOUGHT I SAW A FOOT IN THE WATER BY YOUR BOAT. KEEP A LOOKOUT FOR ME, WOULD YA?"
People disappearing isn't that unusual around here... so it wouldn't bother most of the boaters here.



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and if all else fails...

5) Put in a CD of Barry Manilow and blast it out of the cockpit. This is the sure fire method, but I can only use it as a last resort when all else fails. It takes me weeks of recovery afterwards and often some expensive therapy.

- CD
This wouldn't work for me, as it REQUIRES YOU TO HAVE A BARRY MANILOW CD aboard the boat. I don't. You do.
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It's pretty easy to spot someone that knows how to anchor, unfortunately they seem to be few and far between. I once watched a magnificent looking 85' sailboat try to anchor at Princess Louisa inlet. They would go in right by shore (there's a waterfall that creates a constant current to keep you off shore), drop the hook and then reverse at about 6-7 knots (no exaggeration!) and drag the anchor off the edge into the depths. They kept at this for more than an hour, never changed the method. Probably would have broken something if the anchor had ever caught on a rock! They finally left and anchored down the inlet behind an island. Then there are the guys that drop the anchor, with all rope rode and when it hits the bottom they cleat it off, no scope (usually something like a Bayliner 28').

Like others that have posted, I'd rather move than have another 3am fire drill because of the idiots. I haven't had much luck getting people to move when they anchor too close, might have to try some of CD's suggestions

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when the idiots try to anchor to close to me... I head for the shallows... the ones you try and follow usually pay for it. Not many boats can anchor in 7' of water at high tide safely.
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My favourite is to find a spot that no sane person would want to anchor in...
Have the natural barriers, like rocks and cliffs keep others away.
Besides, there is usually more wildlife to enjoy....
Once I had to anchor for 2 hours in the upper part of Hell Gate. As you all might know, there isn't much space.... so I had to find a spot behind a buoy, marking an obstruction. I waited till a large motorboat went by to reveal the rocks and then picked my way in... that kept all of the barges away...
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Maybe one could try luring everyone into a bay you don't really want to anchor in (sing it's praises to a non-existent fellow sailor, or a co-conspirator, over the VHF or anchor there for half an hour and let the sheeple anchor all around you) and then whiz off to the bay you really wanted to be in and enjoy the peace and quiet...
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I watched a guy in a 46' trawler attempt anchoring for hours. He'd drop a 1:1.1 scope and motor back over and over again.
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Here is a story from this weekend....
I motor up to a nice small island in Casco Bay, with a sandy beach and some moorings... I have 5 kids and two adults on board... Kids see sand, kids want sand, so we anchor.... well clear of all the moorings, in about 18' of water (high tide), Lobster pots all around....as you all have seen.
Here we are, finishing up the barbecue on the beach, when I notice a Grady White cabin boat, right in front of my boat, swinging on a "LOBSTER POT"!
The guy caught a lobster pot for a mooring, leaving no swinging room for me.
Tide current started ripping and all the boats swung around. Luckily, at this point, we were on our way back to the boat.... My boat started sailing on the anchor, one of those inexplicable behaviours, when current is opposed the wind but not quite strong enough to take over, so the boat sails sideways to the anchor. The Grady started drifting on to my boat... I poled it off and started screaming at the owner on the beach. He politely explained that he was on a mooring, disguised as a lobster pot... I left, did not want to argue...
Now, tell me, what's up with that?
I was there first, that thing did not look like a mooring, the Grady boat should have found a different spot, right?
Especially, when he could clearly see that we would bump eventually.
I wish I only had the nature to contend with...
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Stupidity is tough to argue with... and never argue with an idiot...he'll drag you down to his level and then beat you to death with his experience of being there.
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Thanks, guys.... my sanity restored.
It was a very nice Saturday...
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