An­chor­ages, moor­ings and rivers

Yachting Monthly - - EXPERT ON BOARD -

The time has passed when a yacht, find­ing another craft al­ready in res­i­dence in a re­mote Scot­tish an­chor­age, would turn around and go else­where. There are too many of us now. There’s still plenty of room, yet all too of­ten we sail into a tight lit­tle hole for a quiet night to dis­cover some clown has dropped his pick smack in the mid­dle. Don’t be that boat. An­chor to leave room for another one or two. I’m as guilty as any­one here. The mid­dle is so tempt­ing, but it might be me next time that ar­rives at dusk with no al­ter­na­tive des­ti­na­tion and no space to let go. all boats swing as one, but in tide-swept Gas­works Creek that doesn’t al­ways hap­pen. When you de­cide to an­chor near some­one else, a sound pol­icy is to ask them how much scope they have laid and lay your ground tackle ac­cord­ingly. all mo­tor­boats. Many a modern yacht can eas­ily reach hull speed un­der power. Try it some­time on a quiet day in your home river when ev­ery­one’s gone ashore. Look astern at the wave. The boats will be stand­ing on end, and if some poor sap is try­ing to board his ten­der or, worse, is hang­ing on at the mast­head fixing a dodgy windex, he’ll be call­ing down the singe­ing curse of Cain on you. Quite right, too.

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