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post #11 of 13 Old 06-15-2007
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But the question is obviously not dead, Dog. (g)

I would say that it would certainly depend upon a variety of factors as to whether your method is adequate. The size of your boat should be irrelevant. Generally speaking, one should ensure that one's anchor is good and truly set before commencing any other activities. You may set the anchor on long scope, and then shorten up to short scope as necessary for those activities, with the ability to pay out more rode as necessary. The fundamental thought should be that conditions, plans, and activities are all subject to change while, the need for a properly set anchor will remain paramount to dealing with those possible changes. There are many threads on this topic, I suspect you're reading through them, and if they do not answer your question please ask away, again.

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Well you could walk out the anchor to the water's edge. lay out a 1/4 of the scope you are planning to use on/in chaffing gear (old fire hoses are great for this). Then as you cross your drop zone and start backing down, release the anchor and ease back to straighten out the chain/rhode while releasing one bight of chain/rhode at a time. Put the engine in neutral and then ease out the rest of the scope, allowing the wind & current to move you back. Then set your anchor with a hard tug on the rhode. Then sit there for awhile to insure that you are not dragging anchor. Secure everything for port and enjoy your stay.

Note: The chain is to run through the chaffing gear. Not carry the chaffing gear into the water. Its to protect your pristine decks, bulwarks an anything else you don't want destroyed by running chain. 4" fire hose or 2.5" fire hose would work. Anything lighter in material would probably not work.

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