Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Herrington Harbor, MD
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Interesting topic - I am also a fan of the raft-up.
One that I've never been able to copy (skeptical and/or timid friends) is a raft technique that I watched off Dobbins Island on the Chesapeake a few seasons ago.
Seven boats sized 32 to 42 feet: the first boat anchors normally bow to wind, the second boat anchors 2 to 3 boat lengths downwind of the first then backs into position and ties to the first. Each subsequent boat anchors oppositely to the prior boat. At the end, the raft had 4 anchors into the wind and three downwind. The raft was locked down against wind or current (though our currents are lame compared to the PNW.
Boats that had the more difficult task of the "back-down" against the wind would purposely overshoot the raft - letting out lots of rode - then power forward gently under better control in forward to secure the raft lines, then bring in the excess rode.
Anyway - I was quite impressed and it produced a very secure raft. Seen it on the W-coast - or anywhere else?