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Re: Guest Moorage Availability Verses Boat Length
Not being one who uses rental moorings often, I've found that improving our anchoring techniques and tackle so that 3:1 scope is more than sufficient, has afforded us many more anchoring options than we had in the old days, when 5 or even 7:1 was our norm.
We did this by dumping (literally giving it away) the genuine CQR (65#) for a Rocna (88#) and moving up from 3/8" chain to 1/2". It did cost a lot of money (new gypsy, new chain, new shackles and new snub line tackle), and even though we have reduced our scope dramatically, we haven't dragged once since we made the change. But hey, it's still cheap if I can sleep soundly through a squally night, knowing our anchor tackle is doing it's job.
Actually, with less scope I have a lot less worries about other boats anchored near us swinging into us or fouling our gear, and can even anchor closer to boats on moorings without any problems. As an added plus, should another boat be dragging down on us, 3:1 scope will come up a lot more quickly than 5 or 7:1, possibly avoiding a costly situation caused by someone else's incompetence. A win/win all the way around, as I see it.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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