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Old 04-22-2013, 12:17 AM   #1
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First Anchoring

Since taking the snow shedding tarp off in late March we've been going on 'out & back' jaunts down the channel, until today that is!

First we dropped a crab trap on one side of the bay, did a recognizance pass while watching the sounder near the head of the bay, then headed into deeper water to collect our thoughts.

Kathy took us in for another pass into shallow water, turned into the wind that was coming into the bay, and stopped where I asked her to. I dropped the anchor by hand, so I would know when it hit the bottom, then got her to back off slowly while I paid out the rode.

All was going great in my world until Kathy called out, "30 feet! 15 feet!!" D'oh!

We gathered up the anchor and rode, motored out to about 100 feet, then dropped the anchor again, ending up pretty much where we dropped it the first time. Stupid rookies

After backing down and setting the hook, we were sitting in 60 feet of water...much better.

After a few n-n-n-nervous minutes of making sure the trees on shore I had picked for range markers weren't budging, we shut off the engine, and took the Livingston to shore for a beach walk.

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Old 04-22-2013, 12:51 AM   #2
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What a beautiful place.
What do you think went wrong with the first ( one or two?) set? Lack of practice over winter? Sometimes it just happens.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:58 AM   #3
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What a beautiful place.
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What do you think went wrong with the first ( one or two?) set? Lack of practice over winter? Sometimes it just happens.
First time anchoring (ever) and pretty much dropped it at the depth we wanted to end up, instead of in deeper water...oops...

Second stab at it went perfectly.
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15 ft is deep here
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:14 AM   #5
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15 ft is deep here
Our tides can be over 20', and it was falling...
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I like anchoring at 15-to-20foot depths, but we have 5-to-7 foot tidal variations here.
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15 ft is deep here
Where in the world is that?
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Murray, thanks for not describing the anchor and rode you used!
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:35 AM   #9
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Murray, thanks for not describing the anchor and rode you used!
I could, but then it would go on for dozens of posts instead of fading away naturally at about 10 or so
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Sounds like scope, not tackle,was the issue. But if we knew the type of anchor and rode, we could discuss the merits of different anchors................
I just like the pictures. That snow melt water must be cold! I once got into a snow melt lake in NZ, not for long.
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Where we boat 15feet is quite deep. Until you get up into the more open parts of Moreton Bay, our Marina at av 23 feet is the deepest water we encounter. Much of it you are lucky to have more than 6 feet under you. We get good at being comfy in skinny water, lets' say. I only have 40 metres of chain, and I've never had to have it all hang out. I can see why some of you like the combined chain + nylon mixed rode.
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Stunning, where were you?
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Stunning, where were you?
Not sure if you remark was in response to my post or not Dave. I suspect you were referring to the OP.
Certainly I wouldn't have thought of where we boat most as stunning if so, as I often wish it was a bit deeper, but we do love our bay, and the depth does make anchoring a bit easier in terms of rode length. I know when the sonar says 0.6m we are kissing the bottom. Anything more and we're good to go. I would find anchoring in 50+ feet a bit of a challenge.

However, if anyone is interested, Where we are is Moreton Bay in Queensland, Australia

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Peter, I was responding to the photos posted by the OP. But I have spent some time in Brissy (far too short). I'd say the part of the world where you live is stunning as well.
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15 ft is deep here
I can't speak for motion30 but on the east coast of the US south of Norfolk VA, 15 ft is deep. I generally anchor in depths less than 10 feet and scope is carefully payed out paying attention to currents and wind shifts so as not to be blown into shallow water.

MurryM, you must be a youngster, there will come a day you will not manually haul up 100 feet of anchor and chain.
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:43 AM   #16
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I live in Kitimat, BC, perched on the edge of Paradise

We anchored in an unnamed bay (no name on the chart; don't know the Haisla First Nations or local name yet) just south of Hilton Point and Jessie Falls on Douglas Channel's western shore.

Typical small bay around here in that it's basically a small outwash fan from a creek with a steep drop off to very deep water.
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MurryM, you must be a youngster, there will come a day you will not manually haul up 100 feet of anchor and chain.
I dropped it by hand, so I would definitely know when it hit bottom. There were too many variables running around in my head to have doubts on that one.

Just glad to have the bay all to ourselves to work out the kinks, and have a first attempt at communication between bow and helm.Thankfully that part went without raised voices and/or hurt feelings!
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I like the photos Murry, It's just the ice cold feeling that comes over me when I look at them. I guess it's what you get used to. As to anchoring, at the offshore islands near me it falls off very steep quickly in most places so making sure your anchor is set is our most important thing too.

Question for the shallow water anchor boaters. What scope do you use for 15' depth? I can't imagine going over 5 to 1.
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Re Murray's post the water depth is why I've tried to hammer home the importance of short scope performance. Trawlers are for cruising and while cruising one encounters different conditions as one goes.

Judging from the responses here and in the past anchoring on the SE and east coast must be like boating on spilled water on the kitchen table. I anchored in an unusual bay at 20' deep (low tide) and could have used 15-1 scope. Practically unlimited swinging room ... very unusual in SE Alaska. Used at least 10-1 just for fun. In the morning I used the boat to break the anchor out of the mud (I set it hard). I pulled up huge ball of the stinkeyest black mud I've ever encountered. The smell was on my hands for days. I'd go back into that bay but only if it was going to blow hard.

Murray that's just about exactly the way we do anchoring except we make multiple circles in the bay checking the shown rocks and shallows and looking for the unmarked ones. It's easy to wind up on top of some rock WAY up in the air at low tide. Seen sooo many pictures over the years of boats that were 10' in the air looking as if they were about ready to tip over.

I use about 15' of chain. Three feet of 3/8ths and 12' of 5/16ths. I only use anchors that perform well at short scope. The chain is to increase setting performance. I have pulled my anchors by hand up until about 2 years ago and now use a capstan. I pull the rode up until the chain comes over the bow roller and pull the rest by hand ... an easy task. Most of my anchors are 18 to 22lbs. I shoot for 3-1 scope at high tide and use 2-1 on a good weather forecast in a tight spot. There are many tight spots on the north coast.
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we shut off the engine, and took the Livingston to shore for a beach walk.
Murray - how/where do you carry the Livingston when underway? We are thinking of switching to a hard dinghy like the Livingston but haven't decided on how we would carry it. Our boats are similar sized and layout. Thanks.
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