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Re: Not Getting the All-Chain Thing
I think every post on anchoring technique should be preceded by a brief description of what youíre anchoring, and where. Otherwise the information isnít terribly useful.
So I have a Catalina 22, a 2,300 lb boat that I mostly anchor in protected lakes. Sometimes high winds, but never big waves. I use a 13 lb faux-danforth (oversized for this boat) with 20í of chain and the rest 3-strand nylon.
1. My boat swings like a motherf***er. Itís pretty light weight and the stack pack acts like a small sail, so in any kind of wind I am all over the place. I should build a riding sail, but this idea of stern anchoring is also appealing.
2. I have wrapped my rode around the keel a few times. Again, a small light boat that spins easily. However I donít see how stern anchoring would prevent that.
3. Iíve never had my fake danforth drag. But I have pulled it up completely jammed with mud and weeds, such that there is no way it could have reset had it needed to.
4. Even though Iím in lakes with only small waves, theyíre still annoying when they start slapping. That could be a real downside to stern anchoring. I could see that if it was really hot and I was trying to sleep having the companionway open straight to the wind would be nice, and since the slap would be at the back and Iíd be sleeping up front maybe it wouldnít be too bad? But mostly, if the wind is strong enough that Iím worried about swinging, then itís also strong enough that itíd be uncomfortable to have it blowing straight into the cockpit.
on a starboard tack