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Old 08-25-2009
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Originally Posted by JohnRPollard View Post
Wow, that C34 looks a lot bigger from above.

In those raft-up photos, it looks almost as though the boats are actually Med-moored. Does everybody just put down their own anchor and run their own lines ashore, then snug up next to each other? In these parts, a typical raft-up has a single anchor off the center boat, and everyone swings with the breeze.
The terrain up here is generally oriented in a SE to NW direction and the glaciers carved bays and long thin islands in the same orientation. Also the bays are deep and smallish, so the "proper" scope is difficult to attain. Add to that the number of boats looking to find a spot, it makes stern tying a standard practice. We often see a dozen or more boats in a bay that could be tied up with one boat swinging free. Fortunately in summer our nights are generally still, these situations can be a real mess if everyone has to up and move in the middle of the night.

Coupled with typical SE or NW winds, we often end up anchoring in a cross breeze or cross current.

Depending on the bay and the expected weather, we'll usually anchor every other boat at least. Many skippers prefer to drop their own hook anyway. We add shorelines as required to keep the raft in place regardless of the tide or breeze. We also make an effort to place the hooks and the stern lines so that boats are pulling apart, not being squeezed together (it avoids fender "gronks" in the night)

Not many I know would feel comfortable relying on one anchor for a raft of more than 2 or three boats. There's rarely room to let the raft swing on a proper scope.

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