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I have really enjoyed the other thread on anchoring technique. I want to ask about a specific problem we have had anchoring. I am aware of the proper techniques, as discussed in the other thread, and I use them.
Our boat is fairly light, and it sails at anchor quite a lot. It May benefit from a riding sail, which I am considering adding. It also has a bow roller that is both off-center and slightly angled to starboard away from centerline. The boat has swung at anchor in a very pronounced manner. One night we awoke after a bit less than 2 hours sleep to find we were 180 degrees of the direction we started and the direction of all the other boats in the anchorage...disconserting and unacceptable, to say the least. There was little or no current, and the wind was steady at about 15 knots. On that occasion we had the 33# bruce off the bow, 6:1 scope, 50' of chain and a 16 or 20# danforth off the stern, and it still pivoted like a friggin' ballerina! Another time we had a similar situation with the flopper stopper out(off the boom, halyard supporting the boom), a bit more breeze (maybe 18-20), and it twisted around even faster, and we bugged out.
So, I propose to use a bridle on the rode, two line, rolling hitches to the rode, led to the bow cleats. Any other ideas for me to try?
1983 Ericson 33
Channel Islands, California