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Well...that's why I usually go where the other boats AREN'T. The admiral and I thought about going down for this event, but I was leery of being part of a raft. I asked the admiral, what if we're rafted up and then a t-storm pops up? Aren't we at the mercy of the weakest link in that chain, of which there could be several?
The downside, of course, is we missed out on the camraderie of the other sailors. What the heck, maybe next year we'll go (but not raft).
SCOPE: I shake my head at a lot of behaviors out on the water, and people anchoring without enough scope is one of those behaviors. More often than not I'll see a power or sailboat anchored and the rode is at about 45 degrees to the water, meaning they have a 2 to 1 scope at best? I'm mystified by the mindset that can be so happily ignorant. Take a course. Read Chapman's...keep it on board and refer to it often. Geeesh.
Still ranting: I'm amazed too at the boaters who have been on the water for 20 + years, and look at you funny when you suggest a 7:1 scope. They'll say, "aw, Chapman's is for the navy...a scope like that is just for hurricanes". I don't get it...screwin' up out on the water ain't fun.
And no, the guvment isn't going to solve it.