FINER POINTS OF ANCHORING
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.