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Re: Anchoring technique
We survey the bay and choose a spot, the motor some distance beyond where we want to end up.
My wife takes the helm, and stops the boat by backing down whilst I free the anchor and get it over the roller.
Once the boat begins to back up I lower the anchor, paying out what I expect to be 3:1 or so. Once done, I wrap the deck cleat but hold the rode in my hand.. When the anchor bites, I can feel if it's bouncing, or, if it digs in right away, I'd better let go before losing some skin. My wife will then back down harder to truly check the set. We'll adjust scope once we're happy with the holding (and/or as the tide changes)
By not 'sitting while lowering the expected scope', there's no real risk of falling off sideways. I think this is even more important with all chain.. have seen people stop, dump a pile of chain on top of the anchor and then have trouble judging if they've dragged out all the chain or not. I think having some way on when the anchor hits bottom will promote a good bite.
This has worked for us for a few decades.
Not a big fan of fortress anchors, we are using about 40' 5/16 chain, a 35# Mantus then rope. btw, where our former CQR used to bounce along and/or occasionally plow a good enough furrow to plant corn, the Mantus has been pretty impressive, mostly stopping the boat pretty hard. In three seasons it has never tripped or let go.
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