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I've managed to pull up about 30 pounds of seaweed once or twice.. another fun thing was a huge starfish that hung on all the way up and on deck. We actively had to get the thing off and plop him into the water.


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I've managed to pull up about 30 pounds of seaweed once or twice.. another fun thing was a huge starfish that hung on all the way up and on deck. We actively had to get the thing off and plop him into the water.

That looks like Pycnopodia helianthoides, a.k.a. the sunflower star. They get a lot bigger. I've seen them a meter or more across.

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Lake Lanier - simply put!
man made lake over houses,fences,power lines - you name it.
I have anchored a record number of time ( 4 ) - I am am 4/4 on having to cut the anchor.
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Lake Lanier - simply put!
man made lake over houses,fences,power lines - you name it.
I have anchored a record number of time ( 4 ) - I am am 4/4 on having to cut the anchor.
Amazing. That's something we don't have to deal with on the coast.

If you had the GPS location of the anchor, could a diver go back and get it for you? (Or is that too expensive a proposition.)

Another question... are maps of the old town available so you can anchor over a farm instead of an old power line or house?

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Added: After googling the lake I came across this description of the lake when the water level was much lower than normal.

from here: Lake Lanier - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The record-low lake levels had revealed parts of the lake bottom not seen since the 1950s, when approximately 700 families were moved from the area to create the lake. An abandoned stretch of Georgia Highway 53 ran along one edge of new shoreline, and concrete foundations from homes and part of what was once the Gainesville's Looper Speedway were uncovered. More recent additions to the lake - including discarded trash, boat batteries and even sunken boats - were discovered, and local efforts to clean up the lake bottom were organized. Several automobiles, some stolen, and discarded firearms were also recovered by law enforcement officials.
Also this article: Students Map Out Lake Lanier : The Compass

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We haven't snagged our anchor on anything. However, while anchored in Charleston we had a trawler, also trying to find a spot in the same anchorage, snag our anchor with theirs. Not happy with their spot, they hauled their anchor most of the way in with ours still caught. Being the middle of the night and not realizing they had our anchor, they took off at about 3-4kts out of the anchorage - dragging us with them. It was about a 1/2nm before we could finally get their attention (I was awake but had to wake my family up quickly). If it had been much farther they would have dragged us into a 3ft depth area and we draw 6ft. Once we got their attention, they stopped, we tied up next to them, untangled our hooks, put one down and got to know them a bit better over a cup of coffee.

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in 1972 hooked a section of wrought iron railing off catalina island, CA. took two of us pulling like H to get it up. in 1991 hooked a waterlogged 7" dia. log in quarry bay off stockton island in the apostles on lake superior at the end of a delivery of a 36' grand banks from belfast, maine. that one was hard to get up also.

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The second or third time I backed out our new-to-us Catalina 30 out of it's slip, I managed to hook the anchor laying in the bow roller onto the walk line tied between slips.

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