Of course, this is a bit overkill for a 15' boat. However, it doesn't hurt to learn the proper techniques sooner rather than later.... if you get into bad habits with a 15' boat and apply them to a 35' boat, you're going to hear a bad crunching sound sooner or later. This is also one situation where a kellet or anchor sentinel would be a good idea, to reduce the chances that your kedge anchor rode gets snagged by a passing boat.
+1 for this. If the wind is up trying to dock downwind becomes a controlled crash at best. Been there done that dropped the t-shirt overboard. Dropping back on an anchor a la Med mooring is the way to keep that under control. If you end up side-tied be sure to put a lot of slack in the anchor rode to avoid conflict with others.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
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