Originally Posted by psneeld
And with my background....I have never been surprised by thunderstorms while anchored...because I don't usually anchor if predicted unless in a really protected area....and even then I'm not "surprised" that a thunderstorm could form. As I said in a previous post, the high, gusty winds in a thunderstorms are a short lived event usually and usually not nearly the test of an anchor as a multi-hour storm.
Thunderstorms are so common around here in the summer time that if I didn't anchor if predicted I probably would never leave the dock.
That said I have held during countless number of thunderstorms using my main anchor which is a Danforth. For some reason I always gop back to the Danforth because that is what works the best for me bar none. Maybe that's because I have learned how to use that tool well and I stick with what I know.
Plus there is the "typical" tx storm pattern around here that helps me prepare...
Rain before the wind....no big deal.
Wind before the rain....let out scope after you turn 90 degrees and hunker down. I often start the engine in this case and am prepared to jog against the anchor if necessary.