THE BA­HAMIAN MOOR

SAIL - - On Deck Anchoring -

To be hon­est, the Ba­hamian Moor is a bit of a pain, but it’s a handy trick to know. Ba­si­cally, it’s ly­ing to an­chors dropped fore and aft to limit your swing­ing cir­cle in, say, a nar­row tidal chan­nel or if there are ob­sta­cles close by on ei­ther side that you would oth­er­wise swing into. You mo­tor into the stream, drop your main an­chor and fall back, pay­ing out as much rode as you need be­fore drop­ping your kedge off the stern. Take up on your main rode while pay­ing out the kedge rode un­til you are ly­ing mid­way be­tween the two an­chors. You can also do this the other way round, drop­ping the kedge first as you mo­tor for­ward. Take the kedge rode for­ward and se­cure it to the main an­chor rode with a rolling hitch (if rope) or soft shackle (if chain) and drop the joint be­low keel level, keep­ing the bit­ter end of the kedge rode on board. As the cur­rent re­verses, the boat will swing to it but re­main more or less in the same place as it does so. You can use this tech­nique any­where you need to limit the boat’s swing­ing cir­cle, and where you’re cer­tain some other cruiser won’t drop his an­chor on top of one of yours. The two rodes can get badly tan­gled, a ma­jor draw­back should you have to leave in a hurry or at night. If your boat has a wing keel, it may also end up with an an­chor rode wrapped around it. These are two rea­sons the tech­nique is sel­dom used. There may come a time, though, when you will need it. s

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