LAY­ING A SEC­OND AN­CHOR FOR SAFETY

SAIL - - On Deck Anchoring -

If strong winds are pre­dicted, you can set out the kedge an­chor in the di­rec­tion of the pre­dicted wind­shift, at say 45 to 90 de­grees de­grees to the bow an­chor. Not only will this stop the boat from sail­ing around her an­chor, it will add an ex­tra de­gree of se­cu­rity when the wind gets up. This will, of course, im­pact your swing­ing cir­cle, so pay at­ten­tion to the other boats around you. It may also be worth buoy­ing the kedge so you can pull it up from the dinghy when you leave, al­though be aware that an­chor trip lines are al­most uni­ver­sally re­viled in busy an­chor­ages.

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