An 80 ton junk hit the beach off of Paradise Village last night, it's the 3rd boat on the beach around the Banderas Bay in a month.
There are many cruisers trying to free her at this moment.
I don't have any clear info about why this one is beached other than heresay but Mr heresay says that their engine died and they didn't have an anchor at all. That remains to be seen.
The next most recent one was Duct Tape, their chain & rope rode was cut on a rock and you can read all about it here on our blog if you'd like-
Duct Tape On The Rocks Ľ Landfall Voyages
The first one was (I think) Passing Wind. Mr heresay says that their rode was cut on the rocks near the chain as well. She was pulled free by cruisers also.
Plus I saved a dinghy from the breakwater a few days ago, the painter was chafed through.
I'd like to share what I've learned this year from experience and studying because these all happened in less than 25 knots of wind.. Flame on!
Which anchor you have isn't that important as long as it's the right size or bigger. It is in a bad blow if EVERYTHING else functions properly. That doesn't always happen.
It isn't usually the anchor dragging or the chain that's the problem, it's the other stuff. Failed shackles. Broken swivels. Cut rope. Chafe.
Chain & rope is useless around rocks.
Carelessness causes chafe.
People, it's the weak link that always fails first. Remove those weak links so that it does
matter which anchor you have.
If your anchor is dragging, you have lots of time. If your swivel breaks, you'll be on the rocks in a couple minutes.