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I don't have the answer but here's a tip that personally I find useful - I tie an orange swimmy (children's inlfatable arm-band) on to a piece of thin elastic cordage and tie this on the anchor. This was I can always see exactly where the anchor is in relation to my boat and those around me.

Actually it's a loop that goes throught the crown of the anchor so I can use it to send down a rope if the anchor gets fouled.
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If I notice people aboard a boat that I plan to anchor near, I usually approach and ask how much rode they have out. This way I can match their rode, if appropriate for the depth, and swing in a similar arc. Also, speaking to them of my intentions seems to put everyone at ease and allow an opportunity to share concerns. I usually will drop 50' off the port or starboard quarter when anchoring in depths of 10 to 25 feet (most common for us). I don't choose to divide the distance between existing anchored boats if possible. These captains chose that distance and I'd like to respect their choice. I am always disappointed to have people choose to anchor close when much space is available. Too often, when the first person in a bay selects a spot, those coming later judge that that is the spot and that they need to be near. Take care an joy, Aythya crew
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Just come off a two day cruise and anchoring at each place we went to I can say that sometimes you end up anchoring a bit close but later can move when others may shuffle or leave. I find a lot of people feel once they have put their anchor down then don't want to/too lazy to adjust later. Say hello, be friendly etc and all that if you get a bit "snug" for some people's comfort. If you are wondering if you are too close, you probably are, pull forward or fall back if you can.

I guess all I'm saying is that once you have put an anchor down it's ok to adjust later to match swings etc. Be patient and just use some common sense, as time goes on and you get more experience it'll all just come naturally and you won't think so much on it.
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As Captain force stated,” I am always disappointed to have people choose to anchor close when much space is available”..

With that in mind... pick a spot away far enough for your neighbor to be respectful to their space, and safety.

I also like the idea of if you see someone on deck, to ask them how much scope they have out and what the tide change is like. Here in St Augustine it is tremendous; with ripping 4 knot currents, and up to 4 or 5 feet of change between the six hour tides...

More than one sailor has found themselves, in a heap of trouble here, and being use to such, I always trend to be on the cautious side when anchoring, for the night.
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I'd point out that if you're anchoring in a spot where the wind is blowing TOWARDS SHORE, you're probably making a mistake, since you're anchoring with a lee shore—which starts you behind the eight-ball IMHO. The land should be sheltering you from the wind's strength... not be an obstacle to drag down into.
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If you've never anchored off a lee shore you simply haven't been sailing much. With small crews and long distances around islands and peninsulas anyone who says "thou shalt not" isn't being realistic. Given a choice, sure avoiding a lee shore is to be preferred. In modern terms with improved ground tackle and reliable engines a lee shore (given some reasonable limitation of fetch) is not a de-facto no-no. You just have to make the best choice you can in the circumstances you are in.

Anchoring off a lee shore may not be good, but it may be the "least bad" choice one has in the real world.

If you draw 6' and are anchored off Volleyball Beach in Georgetown when a front goes through does it really make sense to fight for a spot with a bunch of other boats with newly set (we hope) anchors off the town? Or to head out into the sound to find a better protected spot? I think not.

If you are in Annapolis when a TS or hurricane goes by offshore does it make sense to drop your mooring in the front field to go anchor off the wall? I think not.

Use your head and your best judgment. If that isn't working certainly ask for help, but make sure the advisers you chose know what they are talking about.

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Apparently, my bow helps people to decide by pointing right where they should anchor, because whenever I'm in an anchorage- no matter how large people usually go halfway between my boat and my anchor, and then drop theirs right on my rode without scope, and then head to shore...

If I confront them, they usually insist that I should move if it bothers me- because I should know better than to let out so much (7:1 usually) scope when they can anchor just fine with 2:1 or less!

Seriously, this seems to happen almost every time I anchor. If I don't want a fistfight, I have to pull my own anchor and move over and over, when I was looking forward to staying in a good anchorage for some time.

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How many of you use a marker or buoy above your anchor as Chris31519 describes? Always seems like a good idea and I don't know if I've every seen one.
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on watching so many people with smaller outboard boats some just drop the hook and think they are "anchored" they don't even know or care about setting it.
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How many of you use a marker or buoy above your anchor as Chris31519 describes? Always seems like a good idea and I don't know if I've every seen one.
I often do, but not always. We use an old crab trap float.
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