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Re: A harrowing tale from Cape Scott
I don't think your points are necessarily wrong or bad, but I don't know that they are generally always true. Dragging anchor can happen for many reasons, including having insufficient scope. If that is your problem, then lengthening rode can absolutely solve the problem. For example, if you drop your hook with 2:1 on a lunch stop and then 30 knots comes up, you are likely to drag in a way that more scope might solve. However, if any dragging at all results in you hitting or something soon, it would be wise to raise anchor and go elsewhere!
And I can say from experience there is no particular reason to not back down hard on a Mantus, but of course this is a question of degrees. We are generally dead in the water when the hook is dropped, and so even by engaging revers and getting going we are pulling back on a length of chain from a dead stop and do not hit anything resembling high speeds! But we pull back good and hard and find the boat comes to a definite and sudden but gentle stop. There is no shuddering or calamity to it. You just stop going back and some of that energy gets translated into the boat straightening out. We do it this way every time and have never had any trouble whatsoever, and in fact, have had nothing but resounding success both in terms of anchor setting and retrieval.
And as for the CQR, the testing I have seen suggests the CQR is unlikely to dig in much no matter what the orientation. It is simply not good at doing so to any meaningful depth. Which again, is fine in most situations because the weight of the anchor and rode and friction with the bottom is enough to prevent movement in most conditions. But when it is rough, the setting depth and tenacity of the Mantus or other modern hooks makes the difference in not moving.
I read someone recently say that we make all this stuff too complicated! There are ways that is true, but one of the necessities and appeals of sailing is the technical aspect of things, so there you go!
Bainbridge Island, WA
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