Originally Posted by PalmettoSailor
On another note, we drug anchor for the first time ever after getting a good set. I've had a few occasions when I couldn't get our Delta to set, but far more often the anchor has hooked and held us right where we set regardless of wind shifts.
Sunday AM though we almost went aground. The boat stayed put all night (fortunately) and was right were we left it when I came up for my morning coffee. It was cool in the cockpit so I went back below for breakfast and was just finishing my toast and second cup of coffee when I looked through the companionway and the trees seemed closer than they should. I jumped up and we were 100-150 yards from the boat we'd been anchored near.
I immediately jumped to the anchor and hollered for the Admiral to get the engine started. Fortunately the anchor was holding at that point so I was able to pull us from 1/2 boat length from being around out to maybe 3 boat lengths from aground but with near zero scope at that point. The Admiral did a great job getting us out of there and we went back to our original position and re anchored to enjoy the balance of the morning. It was just luck I noticed in time (over confidence leading to not setting the anchor alarm), so more lessons learned/relearned on this quick overnight. That said I was very proud that the entire recovery and re-anchoring required zero yelling/screaming and barely any words were exchanged. Almost all of our communication was via hand signals and my wife put the boat just were it needed to be, stopped it, let it settle back on the anchor, backed down and shut off, all without a word.
I noticed a tide line near us as we moved back to our spot and surmise the anchor held through the night and the 90 degree wind shift but when the incoming tide combined with the wind we started a slow drag. Fortunately the anchor held through the night as I said I was over confident and didn't set an anchor alarm and only got up to look around once over night.
I feel for you as it is very unsettling that you were holding and then not, now it is a trust issue. Sounds like you handled it well and were fortunate to catch the movement.
Had a Delta Fastset 35lb and had the same thing happen to me although not sure of the reason, whether it drug or someone hooked my anchor.
Traveled up the Chester river to the Down Rigger festival and anchored off the town of Chestertown around some boats close to sunset. Was fine through the night and morning event in over 15 knots of breeze, and thought we were safe to dinghy into town. Went in and through town and down by Washington College dock, checked on the boat and she was right where we left her. Walked through town, got my fried oysters, some whisky and headed back to the dinghy dock only to not see our mast where it should be. Locate the boat right next to a trawler and someone on the bow.
Race back across boat races to get back as soon as possible and a person had let out more rode so I did not bump the trawler. Had to tie my main anchor to a fender and go down river and anchor using my backup Fortress and leave the wife on board, which didn't go over real well. Dinghy'd back over and had a really tough time pulling up the Delta anchor, 50 feet of chain and 150 feet of 5/8 rope. Shaken we just got all anchors on board and went to Reed Creek to have a restful night.
Not sure if it was a tide change, dragging, bad bottom (which it is) or someone hooked me and it reset. I know it has plowed in really bad mud before but had never let go like that. Needless to say the Admiral was not happy and we got a new Rocna 44 as soon as we got back. That has always held, for now...