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Riviera own­ers gath­ered re­cently at Westhaven’s R Flag­ship Marine to at­tend an an­chor­ing sem­i­nar.

The com­pany’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Dean Hor­gan, ini­ti­ated the sem­i­nar af­ter wit­ness­ing an­chor­ing car­nage dur­ing over Christ­mas hol­i­days, when nu­mer­ous boats had to con­tend with cy­clone Fehi.

Dragged boats, tan­gled an­chor lines, dam­ag­ing col­li­sions – you name it, says Dean, I saw it.

A sem­i­nar about the better tech­niques of an­chor­ing – pre­sented by experts – seemed a good idea. He be­gan with the clos­est group he knew – the own­ers of the Riviera boats he sells.

The sem­i­nar – held in early April – was at­tended by around 50 peo­ple. Guest speaker was Steve Mair from Man­son An­chors and Elvis Aitchi­son from Lusty and Blun­dell (cov­er­ing the winch as­pects of an­chor­ing).

Mini an­chors and a sand box were on hand to demon­strate how to drop and set an an­chor.

Modern an­chors are a lot eas­ier to set than older de­signs, but the same prin­ci­ples still ap­ply for en­sur­ing the cor­rect amount of rode is let out for the depth of wa­ter.

With modern boats and pow­er­ful en­gines care needs to be taken when ‘set­ting’ the an­chor to en­sure it and the chain are not over­loaded.

Lively dis­cus­sion en­sued, as ev­ery­one ap­pre­ci­ated that an an­chor was of­ten the one piece of equip­ment that en­sured the safety of the ves­sel, as well as al­low­ing a good night’s sleep.

Steve’s key ad­vice? Choose the right-size an­chor. If in doubt go big­ger. If you have more doubt – go big­ger again! He also strongly ad­vised hav­ing a sec­ond an­chor on board.

Lusty and Blun­dell’s mo­bile car­a­van was avail­able for par­tic­i­pants to check out some of the lat­est elec­tronic equip­ment avail­able. A good place for learn­ing how to set your GPS an­chor alarm!

Ad­di­tional sem­i­nars cov­er­ing a wide range of top­ics are be­ing de­vel­oped by Flag­ship Marine.

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