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Re: Anchoring single handed whilst hove to?

Questions about technique really need to framed in the context of the size / type of boat. My personal concerns / comments / interests apply to boats similar in size and configuration to my one boat - a 36' diesel auxiliary sloop with AP and electric windlass. While I can sail on and off an anchor / mooring... it is not prudent in the fairly dense anchorages and mooring fields where we "park".

NOTE the OP should indicate the size and type of boat and the locations to be anchored in.
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When I have anchored under sail. I typically use Jeff's 1st method. Douse the jib/genoa early, however you do that, and sail toward your desired anchor spot using the main only. I see no reason to have the jib/genoa up and hove to

If the Jib/Genoa is Hanked on, after you get it down and secured, and while you're at the bow, prepare the anchor. For me that means un-securing it and having it just hang off the bow roller slightly, so it's not banging the Hull. Cleat off the chain or rode, I leave the anchor locker open.

Then, Sail up to your anchorage using main alone pinching into the wind, keeping speed to a minimum. Head into the wind, ease or release the main sheet, and let the boat stop over your drop point. Uncleat and Lower the anchor, and as the boat drifts back, pay out some rode, snug it when you've gotten about a 3-1 ratio payed out. You could if you want, leave the rode coiled on deck and cleated off around 3-1 and then go backwind the eased mainsail to help you get moving backwards and let it pay itself out. Once your anchor grabs, you can release the main halyard and go forward and pay out more scope. The bow may fall off a little, You'll know that the anchor has set, if it brings the bow back to windward
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When I have anchored under sail. I typically use Jeff's 1st method. Douse the jib/genoa early, however you do that, and sail toward your desired anchor spot using the main only. I see no reason to have the jib/genoa up and hove to

If the Jib/Genoa is Hanked on, after you get it down and secured, and while you're at the bow, prepare the anchor. For me that means un-securing it and having it just hang off the bow roller slightly, so it's not banging the Hull. Cleat off the chain or rode, I leave the anchor locker open.

Then, Sail up to your anchorage using main alone pinching into the wind, keeping speed to a minimum. Head into the wind, ease or release the main sheet, and let the boat stop over your drop point. Uncleat and Lower the anchor, and as the boat drifts back, pay out some rode, snug it when you've gotten about a 3-1 ratio payed out. You could if you want, leave the rode coiled on deck and cleated off around 3-1 and then go backwind the eased mainsail to help you get moving backwards and let it pay itself out. Once your anchor grabs, you can release the main halyard and go forward and pay out more scope. The bow may fall off a little, You'll know that the anchor has set, if it brings the bow back to windward
I have used this exact same technique


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Questions about technique really need to framed in the context of the size / type of boat. My personal concerns / comments / interests apply to boats similar in size and configuration to my one boat - a 36' diesel auxiliary sloop with AP and electric windlass. While I can sail on and off an anchor / mooring... it is not prudent in the fairly dense anchorages and mooring fields where we "park".

NOTE the OP should indicate the size and type of boat and the locations to be anchored in.
I think many of the posters were thinking in a range of sizes. My comments included all the boats I've owned or sailed, including ones dozens of times heavier than the one in my avitar.

The OP mentioned "starting the outboard," so I think it is safe to assume we are talking <25 feet, although my last catamaran (34' x 16') had twin outboards.

No, I don't favor sailing to anchor or dock in general. A last moment wind shift is all it takes for things to go pear shaped, particularly single handing. But both are good skills to practice, because someday you will need them. I have. Close quarters handling under sail and power requires separate, dedicated practice, to master.
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Re: Anchoring single handed whilst hove to?

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I think many of the posters were thinking in a range of sizes. My comments included all the boats I've owned or sailed, including ones dozens of times heavier than the one in my avitar.

The OP mentioned "starting the outboard," so I think it is safe to assume we are talking <25 feet, although my last catamaran (34' x 16') had twin outboards.

No, I don't favor sailing to anchor or dock in general. A last moment wind shift is all it takes for things to go pear shaped, particularly single handing. But both are good skills to practice, because someday you will need them. I have. Close quarters handling under sail and power requires separate, dedicated practice, to master.
Yes, sorry. I sail a 1975 Kent Ranger 24 in Puget Sound. I use the motor when I'm entering/leaving my marina and when I'm in crowded anchorages. Otherwise I am trying to become less dependent on the motor in general. And I almost always sail single handed.
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