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Old 01-05-2017, 05:17 AM   #1
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First overnight anchoring

We are heading out to North Anclote Island for our first overnight anchoring. We have made several short trips but have tied up in marinas with shore power. This will be the first time without the umbilicus. We are preparing for the Great Loop, both the boat and ourselves and hope to become proficient at sharing our evening time between marinas and anchorages.
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Yes, yes, yes. Go for it. You really haven't experienced the real joy of boating until you sleep out at anchor, under the stars, miles from obvious civilisation, and wake in the morning to that beautiful, almost eerie, stillness that early morning about sunrise brings. That is something you can really only experience out on the water. Staying in marinas overnight is just not the same. A very poor second, for sure.
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Yes, yes, yes. Go for it. You really haven't experienced the real joy of boating until you sleep out at anchor, under the stars, miles from obvious civilisation, and wake in the morning to that beautiful, almost eerie, stillness that early morning about sunrise brings. That is something you can really only experience out on the water. Staying in marinas overnight is just not the same. A very poor second, for sure.
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Go for it BUT big winds coming this weekend. Watch your timing.
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Most important, make sure you have good ground tackle and make sure you know how to set your anchor. Your chart plotter probably has an anchor drag alarm so set it as well. Make sure you can hear the alarm from where you're sleeping.


The first time we anchored overnight, we were with a raft up of other boats. That was comforting. Since then, we've spent hundreds of nights anchored.


As for staying in marinas, there are advantages to this. Electricity and water to start. Unlimited hot showers, going to town, restaurants, stores, etc. without a dinghy, etc. We mix it up on our cruises.
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Yes, yes, yes. Go for it. You really haven't experienced the real joy of boating until you sleep out at anchor, under the stars, miles from obvious civilisation, and wake in the morning to that beautiful, almost eerie, stillness that early morning about sunrise brings. That is something you can really only experience out on the water. Staying in marinas overnight is just not the same. A very poor second, for sure.
Lovely, poetic description of something that can only be experienced.
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WesK wrote;
"Most important, make sure you have good ground tackle and make sure you know how to set your anchor. Your chart plotter probably has an anchor drag alarm so set it as well. Make sure you can hear the alarm from where you're sleeping."

Yes and for basic anchoring refer to Chapman's Piloting book.
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Going to a marina is like staying at a Hoilday Inn, anchoring is like camping, peace and solitude.

BTW. I'm a sound sleeper and use a CPAP so I had my electronics guy but in a remote alarm on my Garmin in my cabin (made it loud) plus I use Drag Queen on my phone so if I drag (only once) I wake up. LOL
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We are heading out to North Anclote Island for our first overnight anchoring. We have made several short trips but have tied up in marinas with shore power. This will be the first time without the umbilicus. We are preparing for the Great Loop, both the boat and ourselves and hope to become proficient at sharing our evening time between marinas and anchorages.

Have fun and don't worry. Pick a nice sheltered anchorage for you first time. Read up on it in your local sources and Active Captain. As others have said, anchoring out is very pleasant.
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Thank you, one and all for the great advice. We have anchored several times in the same location but only during the day and returned home. This will be the first overnight. Great advice on the drag alarms, weather, and ground tackle. Light winds and a clear sky predicted for this evening (a little cold, though...low 60's). Checked and replaced a broken anchor light yesterday and spoke lovingly to my batteries (still learning about house needs and capacity). Fuel polished, new filters in the racors, generator belt tightened and new raw water pump installed, charts onboard....what could go wrong...LOL!
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Thank you, one and all for the great advice. We have anchored several times in the same location but only during the day and returned home. This will be the first overnight. Great advice on the drag alarms, weather, and ground tackle. Light winds and a clear sky predicted for this evening (a little cold, though...low 60's). Checked and replaced a broken anchor light yesterday and spoke lovingly to my batteries (still learning about house needs and capacity). Fuel polished, new filters in the racors, generator belt tightened and new raw water pump installed, charts onboard....what could go wrong...LOL!

You are all set. You will find that you will likely wake up frequently during the night at every little sound or movement of the boat. That improves with time.

As for what can go wrong... It is a boat. All the stuff that you fixed can fail and all the stuff that was working perfectly is just waiting for the most inconvenient time to deliver an unpleasant surprise. I usually appease the boat Gremlins by making sure I always have a few things that need to be fixed at any given time.
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But, if you have the wrong anchor you will stay awake all night worrying about the rocks on the shore approaching.
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The captain never sleeps soundly at anchor.
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You have not been around many catains who drink very heavily. LOL
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The captain never sleeps soundly at anchor.
Based on my limited overnight stays, I sadly find this to be true.
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I sleep very well at anchor.
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Yes, yes, yes. Go for it. You really haven't experienced the real joy of boating until you sleep out at anchor, under the stars, miles from obvious civilisation, and wake in the morning to that beautiful, almost eerie, stillness that early morning about sunrise brings. That is something you can really only experience out on the water. Staying in marinas overnight is just not the same. A very poor second, for sure.
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I sleep very well at anchor.
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If it's not blowing what's to worry about?

And re the magic of laying at anchor is oversold IMO. However most of my staying overnight away from home port has been in SE Alaska towns and small cities. I find towns more interesting than anchoring out. But that does vary w towns and anchorages. I can much more easily think of wonderful towns to tie up for the night than wonderful anchorages. Lucky me though I've seen a lot of both. Also most of my "anchoring out" has been en-route to a destination. Not always the best anchorage. Most of the time down here I'd rather anchor out than stay at a marina, especially if town is a long walk. But we like Friday Harbor and Nanaimo. We don't do Friday Harbor in the summer though.
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Our best times boating have been "on the hook". You will especially remember those nights where you are the only one in the anchorage and you are sitting in your cockpit or aft deck watching the moon rise or the sun set having dinner or a glass of wine.
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