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Old 11-26-2014, 10:53 AM   #21
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hey Skipperdude, Us Wittidiots need to stick together, but why am I turning my head to veiw your avatar.....:-)
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Old 11-26-2014, 11:05 AM   #22
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I see these anchoring threads frequently and I just do not know what all the fuss is.

We have run Bruce Knockoffs on all of our boats over the years, and never needed to spend a thousand dollars on a special brand anchor to keep our boat in one spot.

Put out a decent scope, set the anchor, and set an anchor watch on the gps then relax.

Geez... is it really that hard
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Old 11-26-2014, 11:32 AM   #23
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Geez... is it really that hard
For most it is the chatter factor. Who else is there to talk to on this rather "popular" topic other than ourselves. It is hardly the topic of conversation at the company Christmas party. But I agree, it is not that hard, except for the purveyors of advertising space.
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Old 11-26-2014, 11:34 AM   #24
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hey Skipperdude, Us Wittidiots need to stick together, but why am I turning my head to veiw your avatar.....:-)
I wish knew tried it twice. Could be this I phone. I'm in California now. Could that have something to do with it?
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Old 11-26-2014, 11:35 AM   #25
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I wish knew tried it twice. Could be this I phone. I'm in California now. Could that have something to do with it?
It may that your closer to Australia
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:22 PM   #26
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There you go, Skipperdude...avatar fixed as a public service. Your Alaskan iphone in California places a left leaning bias on all you see. You'll get used to it after a week or so.
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:28 PM   #27
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SkipperDude, where have you been. Missed you.
I don't know Don. Just trying to keep busy. I had to repower. Took a lot of time and energy. With a new motor the boat is just about perfect. I'm in LA now heading up to SF on Monday. Gonna drive the coast. Hope to hook up with Flyright for a boat ride on the SF bay.
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:33 PM   #28
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There you go, Skipperdude...avatar fixed as a public service. Your Alaskan iphone in California places a left leaning bias on all you see. You'll get used to it after a week or so.
Hey thanks. I can't hook up the lap top no internet where I am. Driving me crazy trying to do things on this iPhone.

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Old 11-26-2014, 01:02 PM   #29
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Sunchaser, yes they are on the "inverter bank" or house bank as I call it. My radar has a momentary feature that turns on the unit at preset intervals to "check" instead of running constantly. The gps and sonar use very little power. The usage when anchoring is a non issue as we will normally be moving soon and I have a pair of 250 amp DN50 bus alternators that recharge the house bank as quickly as possible, or a pair of 2000 watt inverters that can charge at a combined 200 amps from the gen. I have never dragged anchor, but I'm still paranoid about it.
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Old 11-26-2014, 03:08 PM   #30
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I don't know Don. Just trying to keep busy. I had to repower. Took a lot of time and energy. With a new motor the boat is just about perfect. I'm in LA now heading up to SF on Monday. Gonna drive the coast. Hope to hook up with Flyright for a boat ride on the SF bay.
I'll meet you next week, SD! FlyWright and I will give your iPhone the float test....
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Old 11-27-2014, 08:44 AM   #31
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I see these anchoring threads frequently and I just do not know what all the fuss is.

We have run Bruce Knockoffs on all of our boats over the years, and never needed to spend a thousand dollars on a special brand anchor to keep our boat in one spot.

Put out a decent scope, set the anchor, and set an anchor watch on the gps then relax.

Geez... is it really that hard
That's what we do. Chapmans explains anchoring pretty well and that's a good place to start. I think it's easier to learn to do something if you understand what you are doing rather than just memorizing tasks. Chapmans explains it and shows diagrams. "Scope" may be the hardest thing to explain to a new boater but Chapmans does it very well.

Having an anchor drag alarm feature on the plotter and not using it sounds a little dumb.
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Old 11-27-2014, 12:47 PM   #32
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I never knew anchoring was so complicated until these forums started. For years and years I simply let out the hook on appropriate scope and kept an eye out without incident. Who knew I was flirting with catastrophe?
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Old 11-27-2014, 01:23 PM   #33
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Ok when you say set the anchor do you mean drop it or really set it? I have yet to drag anchor. When I set my anchor I set it. Drop it pay out the proper scope then back down on it up to quarter throttle. I have to say. I'm usually on vergin bottom little chance of debris. When backing down you can tell by a hand on the rode. You can feel the anchor skip, drag or hook and dig in. I use the claw. I do set the alarm. In short I test my anchor every set
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Old 11-27-2014, 01:48 PM   #34
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When anchoring, you need to light some incense, while holding your best yoga position, and then sacrifice a virgin.

The alternative approach of a good anchor in the right location, with appropriate scope and correctly set is totally ineffective. It is a vicious lie spread by those boats who have run out of virgins
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Old 11-27-2014, 01:52 PM   #35
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I do use a virgin. I thought it was called single malt.
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Old 11-27-2014, 03:45 PM   #36
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I never knew anchoring was so complicated until these forums started. For years and years I simply let out the hook on appropriate scope and kept an eye out without incident. Who knew I was flirting with catastrophe?
You don't consider the current and wind direction and you don't back down on the anchor?

You are pretty lucky.
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You don't consider the current and wind direction and you don't back down on the anchor?

You are pretty lucky.
Where was it exactly I said I ignored wind and current?
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Where was it exactly I said I ignored wind and current?
In your post #32 "I simply let out the hook on appropriate scope and kept an eye out without incident."
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He also didn't say he shut down his engine, but I didn't assume he leaves it running.
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You don't consider the current and wind direction and you don't back down on the anchor?

You are pretty lucky.
Some boat in locations where the current changes every 7 hours or so, winds are never constant and scope has to calculated taking into account 15+ feet of tidal change. It may be a bit more rigorous than the Carolinas.

But I'm with Delfin, set it and be smart - seems to work just fine.
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