Some of you will remember my many rantings about folks leaving anchors on their bows, in exposed mooring fields, during rough weather. If your mooring filed has the fetch to build waves that can pitch the bow of your boat then it is rather rude & inconsiderate to the boaters around you, who may get hit by your drifting boat to not remove your anchor when a blow is expected. Many times chafe comes from the chocks but after motoring around the anchorage the morning after this short storm I saw that most of the chafe was anchor related.
This thread was posted a while ago (Storm Prep - LINK)
Well, for some time now, I have been trying to capture the "moment" on film to really drive the point home about removing your anchor fro the bow if a storm is coming. Some folks actually get it, but still many don't. I think this Island Packet is a prime example of "my anchors are protected by a bow sprit, I don't need to remove them"
line of reasoning.
Here it goes:
Both Pendants Still Intact But Hooked On A Delta / Still Holding But Chafing Badly:
And UP! And SNAP!!!!!
The Parted Port Pendant IS Blowing Back Against The Hull:
Notice The Delta Anchor Holding The REMAINING Pendant And The Bend In It:
This boat owner was VERY, VERY lucky that the storm was winding down as these pics were taken. The remaining pendant actually held and was still holding as of 5:00 pm this evening. Let's hope it holds till his/her boat is hauled.
PLEASE, if not for your boat, think of the others around you and what your boat would do in 30+ knots drifting through an anchorage after the anchor has sliced through the pendants. I watched it happen in real time, it leaves a pit in your stomach. Thank god MOST moorings in Falmouth are dual pendant rigged. This boat owner came very close to owning a pile of off white fiberglass splinters..:doh: