LIMITING SWINGING AT ANCHOR
Some boats sail around their anchors much more than others, a tendency exacerbated if you have rope rather than chain rode and when the wind opposes the current. As the breeze gets up and the boat hunts from one side of the anchor to the other until she brings up hard, there is a possibility that at the end of one of these surges she will snatch the anchor out of the sea bed. Try lashing your kedge to the main anchor rode and lower it until it is just off the bottom. This will act as a kellet and considerably dampen the boat’s desire to dance around. Be warned, though, that it will also damage delicate sea beds should it touch bottom, so don’t do it in coral. If lowered too far it may also hook bottom obstructions or perhaps a neighbor’s anchor chain, which will not make you popular, so it’s best tried in lonely anchorages.