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Old 08-31-2015, 05:58 PM   #81
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Many of us use an all-chain anchor rode. We DON'T attach the end of the chain inside the chain locker. We attach a short nylon line to the chain and attach the other end in the locker. Make sure the line is long enough to reach outside your locker where it can be cut free in an emergency.

We also keep a fender handy. The fender can be tied to the end of the cut line and hopefully retrieved at a later time...
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Old 08-31-2015, 06:05 PM   #82
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Old 08-31-2015, 06:08 PM   #83
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Take 100s + photos of your engine and electrical's ,pumps gland seals bla bla bla from every possible angle and try to take close up photos of every part that has a part number on it fuel filter,oil filter, battery's These photos WILL come in handy when your away from the boat and need explain problems to your mechanic , parts supplier or whoever by using emails or SMS. A photo is worth a 1000 words


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Old 08-31-2015, 06:18 PM   #84
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I prefer 100 feet of yellow polypropylene attaching the anchor to the locker. If you need to cut it and don't have time to get a float on it...it still floats to retrieve when able.
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Old 08-31-2015, 06:34 PM   #85
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"backing in with strong current or wind, how you remember which way to turn the wheel?"

Imagine your self standing behind the wheel as you go aft and steer normally.
Or, actually stand with your back to the wheel, and steer with your arms and hands behind you. You're going really slow, right? So even though this is a tad awkward, it works just fine with most wheels. (And, as you say, "steer normally" - i.e., point the boat where you want it to go by turning the wheel in that direction.)
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Old 08-31-2015, 06:54 PM   #86
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The closer you get TO the dock the less throttle you should use.
Not necessarily. Once we got the feel for using differential power as well as opposing thrust and the rudders for maneuvering, I've taken an engine up to half throttle momentarily on occasion to get the stern to go where I want it to go against a wind or a current or both. Differential power can be a wonderful tool, and taking a page from the tug and fishboat operators, sometimes it takes a fair amount of power for a moment to accomplish what you want to accomplish.
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Old 08-31-2015, 07:01 PM   #87
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Tidal current, river current and wind dictate powered required.

While as little is needed may be the catch phrase....sometimes LOTS of throttle is necessary to accomplish the task.

Of course the option exists to go someplace else..but that isn't always the preferred option.
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Old 08-31-2015, 07:36 PM   #88
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Greetings,
Post # 84. EXCELLENT idea. Thanks Mr. ps.
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Old 08-31-2015, 07:43 PM   #89
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I prefer 100 feet of yellow polypropylene attaching the anchor to the locker. If you need to cut it and don't have time to get a float on it...it still floats to retrieve when able.
Around here it would likely be pulled under by the chain and become someone's unwanted stern anchor.
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Old 08-31-2015, 07:48 PM   #90
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Around here it would likely be pulled under by a chain rode and become someone's unwanted stern anchor.
No different than adding a float like most do when cutting their anchor rode.....and if you anchor in more than 100 feet.... add more.

If the anchorage is so busy the day of or after you have to cut free your anchor than oh well....most get back to their $1000 worth of anchor and chain as soon as possible.

At least the poly makes it easier than dragging the bottom for your chain and nylon.

If only 1/2 lucky...you will find some boat over your rig with the poly in its prop...but you at least can get your rig back relatively easily...
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Old 08-31-2015, 07:48 PM   #91
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I prefer 100 feet of yellow polypropylene attaching the anchor to the locker. If you need to cut it and don't have time to get a float on it...it still floats to retrieve when able.

Now I'm wondering if my chain is actually attached to anything.
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Old 08-31-2015, 07:55 PM   #92
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Now I'm wondering if my chain is actually attached to anything.
Probably to the "oh shi*" link...
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Old 08-31-2015, 08:27 PM   #93
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I prefer 100 feet of yellow polypropylene attaching the anchor to the locker. If you need to cut it and don't have time to get a float on it...it still floats to retrieve when able.
Yeah that's great leave it splayed out so the next boat through there can catch it in their prop. I was that "next boat" once; the line got all gunged over and was not visible. IMO, a really bad idea, but I'm obviously prejudiced.
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Old 08-31-2015, 08:31 PM   #94
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We have enough line connecting the last link of our all-chain rode to the eye-bolt in the chain locker with enough line to let the line appear on deck where it can be cut if we have to let the chain run out and let it go. The line is also stout enough to take the shock without breaking if the chain should run out accidentally.
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Yeah that's great leave it splayed out so the next boat through there can catch it in their prop. I was that "next boat" once; the line got all gunged over and was not visible. IMO, a really bad idea, but I'm obviously prejudiced.

The times that you have to cut so quick and can't tie on a bouy are like one in a trillion like all the other crap you all post and worry about. It would have to be pretty extreme conditions that hopefully I just avoid.

I hope I never have to cut...haven't in 50 years..but some boaters I encounter every summer that have to when I am assistance towing.

If I cant attach a buoy...like I said....the chances I'll be back there before anyone else to pick up my $1000 worth of anchor and chain is pretty good....

So many profess here being so eagle eyed that they don't hit stuff or go aground...my poly souldnt be a big threat any more than the trillion crab/lobster traps all over the place pulled under water at high tide.

Seriously....
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Not for nothing, but if I thought my chain locker could fit a 'spare 100' of polypro, I'd add another 50' of chain instead. I can get the anchor back if I try. But I'd like to stay put more and not worry about chafe.

But that's opening up the pandoras box of anchor sentinal and scope thread, won't go there!

One of the best things the PO installed was a deck washdown pump to wash the chain off. That and a door mat scrunchy thingy to scrub the chain off as it comes in to loosen up the mud and sand.Name:  Davis Gunkbuster.JPG
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Works 'OK' but sometimes you just have to toss the chain around a bit. Plus squirting it with the nozzle of the washdown pump.
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Seriously....
I was going to debate you on this but you're right.

If I do come across that line though, maybe I'll have a "$1000 worth of anchor and chain." Hmm...looked abandoned to me.

Or maybe I just haul the poly up and cut it off at the chain to remove the hazard.
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Old 08-31-2015, 09:41 PM   #98
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Oh, this rule got to my wife a little too late:

"Never get your fingers inside the loop of a dock line."

Quick action, nine stitches and a lot of luck saved her finger tip.
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RT, that's gonna be a hard one to top. ROFL, LMAO!
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