When you sail into a crowded anchorage, how do you know when you have enough room to anchor? Would you share your method or technique for making that decision?
If I'm in a crowded anchorage(luckily, that's rare), I probably don't know if I have enough room to anchor, without trying first.When you sail into a crowded anchorage, how do you know when you have enough room to anchor?
Good advice, I know I always feel more comfortable with nothing behind me to drag onto to. But in regards to dropping directly behind another boat, even if you are a few feet to the side as soon as the wind shifts slightly you now end up behind them. And wind shifts probably have a greater tendency to cause your anchor to drag.I look to drop in a spot with open space behind me so if I were to drag I would hope to miss the boats behind me and also give me time for evasive action. This is also why I would not drop directly behind a boat as some have suggested.
There is that chance but if anchoring directly behnd a boat you will be behind them until a shift in the wind. I consider dropping a few feet either side to be pretty much behind a boat anyway.But in regards to dropping directly behind another boat, even if you are a few feet to the side as soon as the wind shifts slightly you now end up behind them.
I agree. I anchored down wind of a boat in a crowded anchorage in George Town once, and the boat started dragging toward me later. The captain, a really old guy came out and informed me that I was dragging upwind into him and should move. Rather than debate him, I decided that it was a good time to find a new place to anchor.I do not drop right up to the upwind boats transom. I've learned that the hard way, when they drag overnight and I don't.
I usually put out as much scope as I can. If it's going to blow over 20kts overnight, I prefer to put out everything I have. However, in a crowded anchorage, I will try to get a good set on 5 to 1, all chain, if we are going to be clocking around. No one should be shorter than that. Last guy in has to give way to those already anchored.
A Bahamian moor is a really bad idea unless you are the only one there or you KNOW FOR SURE everyone else is on a Bahamian moor.In tight spots, a Bahamian moor can often work wonders. You drop two anchors and essentially sit between them, so your anchoring circle radius is really short. We did this once, anchoring at night in Arcachon, France in the pitch dark. We woke up next morning with the woven wood wall of an oyster bed less than a boatlength off our bow: our anchoring circle radius must have been about 40 feet. Your rodes can need untwisting in the morning if you turn at anchor, but that's better than bumping into things in the night.