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post #7 of Old 11-06-2019
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Re: Anchoring single handed whilst hove to?

Originally Posted by matthewwhill View Post
Sounds like you are not attempting to anchor single handed. I usually sail single handed. My wife isn't available to tend the anchor like yours is unfortunately. Count yourself fortunate.

If one were to heave to, presumably the one knot of leeway one would have would fall back and set the anchor. Again, the problem I see is that once the anchor sets the boat might tack. So one would have to lower the sails expeditiously.

As I said, I like heaving to when I need to reef, start the motor, get ready to dock etc etc.... I can stop everything and do the next tasks one at a time. I thought the same might apply to anchoring.
Sorry, I did go off topic, however, I do exactly the same single handing. At the point I turn her head to wind, I loose the sheet and go forward and do the anchoring, then walk aft and furl the tiny bit of jib.

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