Update: Shirley and Rachael continue their "Susan G Komen Three Day for the Cure" walk today after accomplishing 21.8 miles yesterday!
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Where it all ends I can't fathom my friends, if I knew I might toss out my anchor...
One of the most important pieces of safety equipment on any cruising boat is the ground tackle. The anchors need to not only be large/heavy enough to hold your boat, but the right type to secure your boat in the type of bottom you are anchoring in. There are many different types of anchors available, some of which hold well in sand, while others do better on a mud or a soil based bottoms. The rode...what secures the anchor to the boat needs to be strong as well, and an all chain rode adds weight and holding power to your system. All of the reading that I have done seems to point to the fact that if you anchor a lot at some point you will drag. (anchor doesn't hold) Nobody wants to be faced with a moving boat at 2:00 a.m., or having to be on anchor watch, unless there are high winds which may make it necessary. I have anchored boats before...never a sail boat, never in sand, and not with the added effect of tides. This should be a great learning experience. My understanding is that you can put your hand or foot on the rode and if you feel movement or vibration you are dragging.
Thanks to all who sponsored her walk.