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Re: Going ashore while on the hook

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I consider anchoring to be the most important skill one needs to learn for cruising (do sailing schools teach anchoring?).
I don't know about US sailing schools.... I have done formal training in UK under RYA (day skipper and coastal skipper) and nothing practical on anchoring techniques was included. My knowledge (or lack of) is down to experience and reading.
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I consider anchoring to be the most important skill one needs to learn for cruising (do sailing schools teach anchoring?). You should consider your anchors (multiple) as your primary pieces of safety equipment. You should try to inspect your anchor with mask and snorkel before going ashore. You should consider the direction both the wind and tidal currents set your boat and how it will set when the winds and tides change. This will often require two anchors. With only one anchor, I would feel uneasy leaving my boat out of sight for very long.
I took ASA courses and they did in fact teach/practice anchoring. But, while I am confident I know how to properly set the anchor, all the things mentioned by others in this thread worry me. What if someone tripped my anchor while I'm ashore. What if my weather forecast was incorrect and the wind shifted, or maybe I made a mistake with the forecast. It seems so many things could go wrong while ashore, yet I read/see so many people go ashore confidently leaving no one aboard. I think it's one of many issues I worry about when it finally comes time to cruise myself.
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Re: Going ashore while on the hook

You do the best you can, and hope for the best. You can mitigate the risk of others' fouling you by anchoring away from the nicer/more convenient spots (kinda like parking your cherry 57 Chev at the outer edge of the mall parking lot)

But it's not realistic to stay on the boat all the time.. the shore excursions are/should be a large part of the reason you're doing what your doing. So you do you best, and hope...
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... (kinda like parking your cherry 57 Chev at the outer edge of the mall parking lot)
I am definitely "that" guy. My wife hates it lol. Of course, it seems that no mattter how far out and away from others I park, someone parks right on top of me. Probably the same goes on in anchorages...
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Re: Going ashore while on the hook

I like the idea of an app that will report when the boat swings, even when I'm not aboard. That shouldn't be that hard to write (if it doesn't exist already), but you'll need to leave a GPS aboard that has good visibility, good battery, and make sure you have good connectivity at both ends.

Hmmm...I wonder if there's a way to set this up to broadcast over VHF. Yeah, you'd have to bring another device with you, but it would work wherever you are (provided you're within your boat's VHF broadcast range).
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What are the winds and the sea state?

If its less than ideal, we don't go ashore. Especially in the first day. If we've been anchored and faced hi winds, chop, current switches for a few days then it's not such a worry.

The bigger worry is the other guy. Hard to plan for all contingencies. Sometimes sh!t happens. You can minimize but not eliminate the risk.

And regarding the tying to shore. That's a false sense of security in my mind. What if the wind shifts to the beam? The anchor has much more pull in that way. You cannot swing to the wind and current. Only good in very settled, protected spots.
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Re: Going ashore while on the hook

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I don't know about US sailing schools.... I have done formal training in UK under RYA (day skipper and coastal skipper) and nothing practical on anchoring techniques was included. My knowledge (or lack of) is down to experience and reading.
At the US Sailing school I went to, anchoring was taught in each level: Keelboat, Basic Cruising, and Bareboat, as each boat range had different equipment and expectations. The keelboats aren't rented overnight, so the anchoring mostly focussed on dropping the hook for lunch, while the bareboat classes required that we anchor overnight somewhere and set an anchor alarm.
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Re: Going ashore while on the hook

Anchoring out is scary, like most things we do the first time. Do it a few times in your local area, and like all new things you grow into it, and all the what if's will fade. Do your homework and have fun.
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Re: Going ashore while on the hook

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Is it just time before one feels comfortable and stops incessantly worrying about this? How do you get over the anxiety of worrying about the boat while ashore?
Just don't be stupid about it.

Drop the pick pull it in and then go to shore and have a life.

If the wind is blowing 25 knots or more when you first arrive then inspect your brain and it will tell you to stay on the boat for that night. The next night in the same wind you are fine to go ashore.

Just because you (and lots of people) read all sorts of horror stories on the internet don't start to believe them! 99.999999999999% of 'watch out this will happen to YOU' will NOT happen to you.

Go have fun and don't worry
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Re: Going ashore while on the hook

One of the lesser joys of cruising ?

I know I hate being too far away when we are achored even though I've never dragged when away from the boat.

One thing I know, I'd not be leaving an anchored boat in anything other than a well sheltered anchorage. To do so if anchored in an open roadstead seems the height of folly to me.
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