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Old 08-05-2012, 01:38 PM   #1
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Parallel Parking - How Much Scope?

When your anchor is set at 3 feet ABOVE the deck, what's the formula for the correct amount of scope?


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Looks like about 4 to -1 worked at least long enough to take the picture
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Old 08-05-2012, 01:52 PM   #3
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I believe you are using a PVC section on a stanchion to carry your anchor, I have the same thing, down to the hose sections on the handrail, on my 17' Whaler. it works very well with the Danforth I use. Steve W
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Old 08-05-2012, 02:24 PM   #4
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When your anchor is set at 3 feet ABOVE the deck, what's the formula for the correct amount of scope?
The "formula" is the same - you simply add the 3 feet to the depth.
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When your anchor is set at 3 feet ABOVE the deck, what's the formula for the correct amount of scope?


The formula is the same as if the anchor was set three feet below the deck. Of course, for most of us, that wouldn't reach the waterline.

In this particular situation, all the standard rules are out the window anyway. For instance, you probably didn't "drop" the anchor, you threw it or more likely carried it ashore. Same thing with retrieving it, you can't motor over it, you'll have to go ashore and retrieve it.

At least you don't have to worry about swinging into another boat!
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Old 08-05-2012, 04:05 PM   #6
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Let me see if Jethro Bodine can help in the ciphering on this querry.
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Old 08-05-2012, 04:38 PM   #7
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Well, ya takes the three from the naught and that gives ya naught an' we don't use no scope, open iron sights have always done good.

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Old 08-05-2012, 04:48 PM   #8
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Well, ya takes the three from the naught and that gives ya naught an' we don't use no scope, open iron sights have always done good.

When I took my wife shooting for her first time (.22 single shot rifle, iron sights), she looked at me like I was some kind of idiot when I suggested that she draw a bead on the target. "How do you draw a bead?"

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Jeff: What river or lake is that?
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:02 PM   #10
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I am surprised no one caught this yet but we really don't have enough information to correctly answer this question. We need to know whether you are talking about the bow anchor or a stern anchor, or both!
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I am surprised no one caught this yet but we really don't have enough information to correctly answer this question. We need to know whether you are talking about the bow anchor or a stern anchor, or both!
I'm sticking with my answer. Add depth.
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Old 08-05-2012, 09:17 PM   #12
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Jeff,is that Hartwell?The area looks very familiar to me.
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Please, please, no one ask "what anchor works best three feet above the deck"
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anchors don't set on dry land like they do under water. Do I understand this correctly? It won't set right unless it is in the water.
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It's Lake Jocassee in SC. The ramp is not for the faint of heart...notice my van/trailer waiting for me at the lower right in pic.


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anchors don't set on dry land like they do under water. Do I understand this correctly? It won't set right unless it is in the water.

They set great when you wrap the rode around a tree stump and run the anchor back to the boat.
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Greetings,
Holy Crapola Mr. jeffnick! Ramp is not for faint of heart for sure. Now do you have to set an anchor at the top of the ramp and winch your vehicle and vessel uphill? Danforth or Fortress????? Oh no, here we go....
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It's still a matter of tide (or lack of same) and throat angle relative to the scope. Or is it a matter of how high can one throw a 44# Bruce?
Seriously it looks like a job for a Fortress set on wide throat angle.
And when you throw it let's hope it dosn't have boomerang genes.
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:21 PM   #19
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sounds like a job for a shore spike anchor...using a regular anchor works...but there are different dynamics involved...

Shore Spike Anchor by Slide Anchor

maybe not this one...but there are some great ones out there...
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Hmmmmm.... I'm having a tough time seeing the appeal of this type of boating to begin with. But I guess my response to the OP's original question about the formula for figuring out the proper scope would be, "Does it really matter? Just drive a 4wd down next to the boat there and tie a line to it."
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