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Re: Two dumb anchoring questions
It's vacation! If you're new to anchoring, bring an extra $100 and get a mooring here and there and relax.
Winds are generally Easterly, so fully swinging around the anchor is unlikely (but not unheard of in a squall)
If you are worried about anchoring, you can usually find a spot that is further from the action, but it's probably further from shore or the nearby popular landing. A longer dinghy ride might be better than worrying.
Take whatever depth you are in, add the distance from the water to your bow roller and multiply it all by 7. That is how much rode you should put out. While more is technically better, if you put out 10x, you will be the swing problem in the anchorage.
Now I have some good new and some bad news. The good news is, you're not alone, half the bareboats around you are probably as inexperienced in anchoring. The bad is, you have to worry about them too.
Chill and have a great time. You have nothing else to do but play with your boat, swim, eat and drink!!!
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