S/V Lilo, Islander 32
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Lafayette, Oregon
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Re: This is awesome, I'm sailing.
Another option for rocky conditions like that is to use a stern anchor to turn you bow or stern into the waves. Of course this depends allot on the situation, how much room you have, how deep it is, how big your boat is, where other boats are, who might swing into you if your not swinging because of the stern anchor, or who might not realize it's there and anchor on top of it, etc etc.
Just use the dingy to put the anchor out where you need it, and run the line over the stern to a winch to pull it in. You likely won't get the boat in a direct line from the mooring to the anchor, so set it off to the windward side a bit. To retrieve it, just release from the mooring and pull your boat back until you can pull it up.
I've done this before and it really quieted the boat down right away. Changed a miserable rolly night into a pleasant one with about 20 minutes of work. Sooooo worth it if you can.
Bowman Bay is right off the straight, and pointed right at it, so although I've never been there, is looks like waves from way up the straight could go right in there. It could be windy quite a ways away and still generate waves in that bay. Even if they are barely visible out in the straight, as they come up on land and the water shallows, they'll be much more evident.
Moving on can be a good choice too, depending on the conditions. It just might be safer to leave after dark then to stay and end up so sick and tired in the morning you make a bad mistake when leaving on the daylight. Just depends on you and your circumstances which is the wiser thing to do, how safe it is to leave after dark. But, the experience you had with you GPS is why I will use them but not depend on them. If I don't think I can get out safely with just my eye's I likely won't go, but that's just a personal preference. I also think about things like should the engine fail, what will I do? And will that be harder in the dark? If you can see well enough, and feel you know the area well enough, and can study the charts well enough before hand to feel you can handle the mishaps in the dark as well as you could in the light, then go for it. Of course that's not a hard and fast rule, just what I like to think through before choosing to head out of or into a place in the dark.
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Saint Helens, OR