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Old 04-29-2018, 08:44 PM   #1
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Too close at anchorage

Been anchoring off Angel Island here and there. The last few times sailboaters have dropped anchor way too close for comfort, then as their anchors set, got even closer.

How do people handle this? On each occasion I've just continued to stare at them with the "you can't be serious?" facial expression. On each occasion, the captain has pulled up and reset their anchor further away from me.

I'm still a bit traumatized from being hit by that sailboat while I was anchored, and I certainly don't want a repeat of that.

I probably would have said something had they not moved, but fortunately in both cases they figured it out on their own.

How do you all handle these situations?

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Call me crazy, but I deploy fenders when near other boats.
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Old 04-29-2018, 09:21 PM   #3
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Call me crazy, but I deploy fenders when near other boats.
Ha ha, not crazy at all! Smart.
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Old 04-29-2018, 09:22 PM   #4
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My pet peeve.

Crank up the devil music to ear shattering levels as they approach is one method I have used
Death stare and point away ranting that we swing wildly in a breeze is another.

In a couple of months time we will have arms made from 6 x 6 alloy box section and with those lowered our beam will be close to 50ft.
I am hoping that'll help.
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I'm the same as mark, I don't worry much, I just drop some fenders.
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Old 04-29-2018, 10:15 PM   #6
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Usual way to start is going to the bow and watching, most people get the hint. Add to it by calling"Careful, I`ve got X feet out, etc". Or just tell him "you are too close, you`re creating a collision risk". He won`t want his boat damaged either, and you were there first.
Trawlers and sailboats often swing differently,which makes it more critical. The danger is real and fenders are a headache tablet not a cure.
Failing that,follow Simi`s ideas of bad behavior. Even start the genset .
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My pet peeve.

Crank up the devil music to ear shattering levels.
Jim Hendrix 'Voodoo Child' works every time.
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Jim Hendrix 'Voodoo Child' works every time.
It'd get me closer.
Jimmy buffet has me upping anchor and leaving, guaranteed.
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Meatloaf at full volume and all the guys dancing naked on the foredeck while the women hide down below. Works every time. Not sure if it is the choice of music or the dancing that does it.
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The protocol is; "The last boat in is the first boat out" if problems occur.

They are supposed to take into account everybody else's rodes (all chain or combination), what the wind & currents are doing or may do, and what the tidal range is.
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The protocol is; "The last boat in is the first boat out" if problems occur.

They are supposed to take into account everybody else's rodes (all chain or combination), what the wind & currents are doing or may do, and what the tidal range is.
Unfortunately many boaters today do not care or can’t be bothered by protocol or even respect for others. Not like it used to be on the water. Although you are absolutely correct with the protocol. Now we just need to spread the word...
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"Not like it used to be on the water."

In the past folks went from small to large boats.

Today with a credit card a 50fter with a joy stick to dock is the starter boat.
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Bitch wings.

Stand on the foredeck with arms akimbo, watch intently. If that doesn't help, then a friendly "Hi!! Welcome to the anchorage! Do you think it might be easier for you to move now, or in the dark at three in the morning??"

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In the past in a tight anchorage , or when in a slip with a side open to an unskilled transient ,

sending a lady friend on the fore deck with a PIKE (yes sharp pointy red pole from fire house) was usually a message easily understood.
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Been anchoring off Angel Island here and there. The last few times sailboaters have dropped anchor way too close for comfort, then as their anchors set, got even closer.

How do people handle this? On each occasion I've just continued to stare at them with the "you can't be serious?" facial expression. On each occasion, the captain has pulled up and reset their anchor further away from me.

I'm still a bit traumatized from being hit by that sailboat while I was anchored, and I certainly don't want a repeat of that.

I probably would have said something had they not moved, but fortunately in both cases they figured it out on their own.

How do you all handle these situations?

Thanks,
Mike

Happens everywhere ....... Just tell him you got 200 feet of chain out, at least that's what one guy shouted out to me when I just cruised through one ( 20' ) anchorage looking for a spot. At this point, I'm more concerned when I see a large power boat coming to anchor ahead of me with a 10 lb. Danforth hanging over the bow ..... LOL

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Would it help to put a buoy on your anchor using a sacrificial string?
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Old 04-30-2018, 07:58 AM   #17
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Call me crazy, but I deploy fenders when near other boats.
Yup. That. But letting the new arrival know how many feet you have out is a good, proactive idea.
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Even when I am the only boat at anchor the next boat always seems to anchor too close and up wind. I guess they figure I know the best spot.
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Old 04-30-2018, 08:01 AM   #19
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Tight Anchorages are part of the deal on the weekends at SoCal anchorages. The regulars don’t sweat it, or give out nasty stares with their hands on their waist. People do watch for someone setting too close to their anchor which is usually someone inexperienced, not evil intentions, and it normally takes a friendly call out to explain and and they will adjust.
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"Not like it used to be on the water."
In the past folks went from small to large boats.
Today with a credit card a 50fter with a joy stick to dock is the starter boat.
I always say they are two types of people that have boats. What you described is a boat owner, Than you have the boaterThey are the ones that take the time to learn all about boating.
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