Having just moved to a hurricane zone I have a question about anchoring for a storm. I would think that you should anchor from both ends of the boat up a river, but I don't know what I don't know.
I did do a search for storm anchoring, but couldn't find an answer. Any of you experienced people care to educate me on this? Or point me to another thread?
For me, it's always different, depending on where I must anchor for a storm.
My number one preference is in a river, lagoon or creek with mangroves. Setting out as many anchors as I have and using all lines available to the mangroves, has always been sufficient to keep my boats safe.
If a mangrove area is not available, I will set a spread of anchors forward, never using a stern anchor unless I am 100% certain the wind will not clock around on me, leaving me sitting on a stern anchor with all my bow anchors hanging uselessly under the boat. Generally, I've found it better to be able to swing when the 90 plus mph gusts slam into the side of the boat at anchor than not.
However, all of this and any other preparations you may do are a moot point if there are other boats around that are not as well secured as yours. This is the major danger today. Those once tried and true hurricane holes of old are no longer safe these days because of all those who use them without securing their vessels correctly.
This means the caring boat owner or operator must look farther afield for a secure place for their boat, than the closest hurricane hole. This may include a small creek, barely navigatable for your boat, or some other place the crowd will pass by. Even a bit more exposed hurricane anchorage may be better than a congested 'safe' one if you can properly secure your vessel.