Canadian Yachting April 2015 - (Page 38)
I See Myself
Anchored Off ...
By Rob Macleod
hat's the dream. I have heard it from person after person
- couple after couple. "In x years (fill in your timeframe), we are going to sail off to (fill in your location)
on our boat. We are so looking forward to be anchored off ...".
You know the story. It may be your story. I know it's mine.
Five years ago, my wife and I sailed off to the Bahamas for a
year on our 1981 CS36 Traditional. Along the way we anchored
in sand, mud, clay, weeds and a few bottoms we still don't know
what they were. We talked with fellow cruisers about their
anchoring experiences, including choice of ground tackle,
selecting a place to anchor and techniques for anchoring in varying conditions.
What follows is a summary of those conversations, our experience and the research we have conducted since returning.
Although, in this article we are working towards answers to
questions about anchoring, I think our greater objective should
be to improve our ability to ask better questions, to get better
answers, so we can be better prepared when it comes time to
'drop the hook'. The result is we can get a good night's sleep,
with confidence our anchor will hold and the crew and the boat
are safe. This article on anchoring is divided into three sections:
location, equipment and techniques.
consider than a coastal cruiser, sailing from Canadian waters
heading to the Caribbean or Mexico via the US. We start our
look at anchoring by first describing what an ideal anchorage
might be and then work backwards to the choices we have to
make as each of the ideal attributes is stripped away and
replaced with cruising reality.
MY IDEAL ANCHORING SITUATION
My ideal anchorage is sheltered from the elements (wind and
waves), from passing boat traffic and has sufficient room for my
boat to swing at anchor and not come into contact with the
shore, the bottom or other boats. It has a quality of bottom that
is compatible with the anchors I carry and will allow the anchor
to penetrate quickly, bury deep, hold fast and then release when
it is time to raise the anchor. My ideal anchorage is in water with
sufficient depth to be able to maintain the appropriate scope
(ratio of anchor rode to height of the bow chocks above the bot-
"The essence of successful anchoring is to "stay put" ... while
respecting the rights of nearby boaters." [Chapman] Both
common belief and scientific study suggest that there is no
one anchor that is good in all conditions. As boaters, we have
to make choices based on where we intend to anchor and in
A day sailor wanting to set a lunch hook has fewer factors to
Canadi an Yachti ng
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting April 2015
One Particular Harbour: Midland Harbour, Georgian Bay
Club Profile: Britannia Yacht Club
Feature: Inflatable Lifejacket Selection, Wear, Care and Maintenance
Galley Guys: What's New and What's Old
Feature: B.C. Boat Builder Forbes Cooper
Feature: The Ultimate Anchoring Article
Feature: Towing and Salvage
Sail Review: Bavaria Cruiser 37
CPS-ECP Port Hole
Crossing the Line
Canadian Yachting April 2015