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06-12-2010 02:37 PM
Sabreman Just my $0.02, but you don't want your party spoiled by worrying about your draft when the tide is out and a monster powerboat goes by. Anchor in deep enough water that you don't have to worry and row in. If you question the depth, then it's too shallow.

I once spent 2 days with a broken exhaust elbow tied to a dock at Gwynn's Island off the Piankatank River. Each low tide, we'd hit a hard sand bottom every time that a powerboat went by which was often. It's a wonder that there was no damage. You don't want that kind of worry; it spoiled two days in which we could have been pleasantly stranded in Gwynn's.
06-12-2010 09:45 AM
deniseO30 Yes I know. I'll contact the YC doing the party and find out where to anchor. I did a aerial view of the sandbar it's quite large and a big creek runs along the SE end.
GG the current is actually much faster then 2 knots up here. but we call the Delaware "lower" from Trenton and south. Trenton is the end of the tidal action. Google Maps The 295 bridge is too low for keel boaters to access the club also.
06-12-2010 08:29 AM
sailingdog Sorry Denise... but sandbar anchoring just doesn't really work if you have a 6' draft.
Originally Posted by deniseO30 View Post
Thanks SD and GGx Yes, i'm sure I'll just anchor nearby like the other keel boats
06-12-2010 07:54 AM
deniseO30 Thanks SD and GGx Yes, i'm sure I'll just anchor nearby like the other keel boats
06-12-2010 06:53 AM
ggx52 Denise - since you, too, sail a lot on the Upper Delaware, you know better than anyone how strong a 1 or 2 kt tidal current is - and that it's going to reverse 4x/day. So setting an anchor from the beach sounds impractical. I'd guess best to anchor so she'll swing as the tide changes, and plenty of scope so the anchor safely resets 180 degrees the opposite way, then watch her like a hawk at slack water!

Could also consider setting bow and stern anchors parallel to shore so she'll just be stern-to when the tide is in that direction. Sounds like more work, tho.
Have a good party!
06-11-2010 11:25 PM
sailingdog Denise—

With a draft of 6' or so... you're going to have to dinghy in to the sandbar in any case, so anchor in whatever manner makes the most sense for you, your boat and the given geography/topography of the location in question.
06-11-2010 09:25 PM
Originally Posted by deniseO30 View Post
Mac = don't forget to add water. Guys! my thread is about anchoring not a wizzing contest over YOUR draft! LOL
Now I don't care who you are, Thats Funny
06-11-2010 09:18 PM
deniseO30 Mac = don't forget to add water. Guys! my thread is about anchoring not a wizzing contest over YOUR draft! LOL
06-11-2010 09:13 PM
Originally Posted by deniseO30 View Post
Fin, 5'11" pic is before barrier coat year before last.

Go'on! rub it in! 18" LOL
My Mac 26X draws 12" (ballast full) 9" (empty) Does that rub you the wrong way?
06-11-2010 06:01 PM
pdqaltair I've done many years with very shallow draft cats, and I ALWAYS anchor out a little. All it takes is one idiot wake to ruin the party if boats are grounded. Lots of damage, fast.

Generally, I would place one anchor ~ 100 feet out, attach it to the bow, and then place the other on the beach. Sometimes it was attached to the bow, some times the stern.
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