Join Date: Sep 2006
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I had some good nights and some bad nights. The weather has a lot to do with it. 4th of July, anchored out to watch fireworks, Texas coast 110degs, generator overheats about midnight, bad night alternate between trying to sleep and trying to fix generator, crew and admiral gets pretty fussy by 4am.
Better night Mid October, Low 80's gentle rocking, morning sunrise and swim.
Another bad night, thunderstorm rolls in about 2am, big waves, high winds, boat swings one way, wind changes then it spins around to swing other way. Kinda like trying to sleep on a roller coaster, spend night between trying to sleep, and running up on deck to check anchor. Lightening striking water around boat scares crew and admiral, (and me)... Next morning spent three hours fighting rode to pull anchor loose, mud all the way up the chain. (30 lb bruce didn't drag....much).
Anchoring out when it's good, it's really really good, but when it's bad it can make for a long night. Around here a thunderstorm can happen anytime, but extreme heat is a challenge with a crowded boat. Cold not so much, if the boat is bottled up, warm bodies, and blankets keep it very comfortable.
Doing it on the hook is always more fun than a boring marina, give it a try again in a few weeks.
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