HAP­PIER HOOKERS

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Al­vah Si­mon makes some good points in his ar­ti­cle on an­chor­ing (“The Happy Hooker,” Fe­bru­ary 2017), but I would add two tips that are rarely men­tioned. First, when in a sit­u­a­tion where the wind and the swells are not com­ing from the same direction (like our last time at Foxy’s on Jost van Dyke), you can be in for a very rocky-rolly night. The Fix is to put a line through an an­chor chain link with a stop knot, let the chain out an­other 10 feet or so, and then bring the line in on the jib-sheet winch un­til the boat is point­ing into the swells. THe sec­ond sit­u­a­tion is when you are an­chored and it’s blowing 40 knots plus (like our unan­tic­i­pated ex­pe­ri­ence at Cap d’an­tibes in France, with the clos­est shore down­wind con­sist­ing of the coast of Libya), with your boat tack­ing back and forth widely on the chain. Start the en­gine, put it in gear at an rpm that will take some strain off your ground tackle but not let you ride up on it. Then en­gage the au­topi­lot. The boat will stay head to wind. And then don’t worry about run­ning out of elec­tric­ity or hot wa­ter dur­ing your stay. You’ll want to keep an eye on any wind shifts, of course, and ad­just as needed.

Ben Riggs New­port, Rhode Is­land

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