Join Date: Dec 2012
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Re: Anchoring single handed whilst hove to?
Have a history of two footitis so had a secession of small boats. Go to technique with them.
Sort out anchor and chain/rode before entering harbor. Bop around and decide where to drop.
Approach that spot some yards to windward on a reach.
Once to windward of desired spot head directly into the wind. Leave sheets alone and sails flopping.
Run up to foredeck and drop.
Go to mast and drop jib or to cockpit and roll it up.
Would leave sheets slack throughout.
This worked on everything from 19’ to 36’. Worked with a reliable engine or no engine. If I had a reliable engine would do about the same but drop/roll jib before entering harbor.
With small engineless (or unreliable) boats having sails up let me get out of Dodge if I had to not drop for one reason or another and not hit another boat. Usually did this by myself.