|Like this, only with minor rust spots and a couple of dents.|
I've had reasons to deploy the 33-footer's anchors this year, both the 22 pound (10 kilo) steel Danforth Hi-tensile "lunch hook" (with 13 feet of chain and 200 feet of 7/16th-inch three-strand rope rode, and the 15 pound aluminum Fortress FX-23 (with 15 feet of 3/8" chain and 210 feet of 5/8-inch three-strand nylon rope rode).
|Like this and still pretty minty after several anchorings.|
|It's a bridle because it has two attachment points either side of the bow, but it's a snubber because it hooks on only one spot on the chain rode. Sailing terminology ain't easy.|
Because this particular Fortress, aided by waterline snubbers and perhaps a bridle I will employ on Alchemy, will be both the "lunch hook" and the kedge anchor (and maybe the stern anchor, too), I like to play with it on Valiente as much as is practical...in the sense of "we need the practice".
|The bobstay plate supports both the bobstay (the top hole) and, if desired, a snubber that can be pinned beneath it. Note that this brings the attachment of the boat to the anchor down to the waterline, and relieves strain on the deck gear.|
|Similar to Alchemy's setup, this bobstay tang attachment has nice stretchy nylon, which helps to lessen "hobbyhorsing" at anchor. Photo (c) The Hacking Family|
We recently anchored out in the closest quarters yet...at an event in Toronto's inner harbour called "Sail-In Cinema". While the event itself was an unqualified failure (we were too far from the screen and the advertised frequencies over which we were allegedly hearing the soundtrack emitted only the sounds of silence, and static), it was an Instructive Evening for the crew.
|The prevailing SE foofy wind clearly was no strain on the ground tackle.|
|A calm, nay, torpid evening.|
|The Hunter 42's crew to the left proved to be old hands at fending off.|
|Just prior to ignition of the incendiaries.|
|I don't consider canoe sterns particularly practical, but they certainly look nice.|
|Picture this with double the density. I had to stop taking pictures and wield the boat hook and the "sorry!"|
I suspect one or more of these anchoring techniques, added to the proper anchor, which I feel we had, would have allowed us to, if not enjoy the silent movie more, kept us from wandering like a lost toddler in traffic to the same degree as we did. How did I know it was the right anchor? I was hosing and poking good, gummy Toronto harbour clay out of the Fortress's "mud palms" for some time the following afternoon: the anchor, even with the weak set in reverse, had clearly dug deep with all the gentle tugging. Nonetheless, with the rode scope reduced to 1:1, also known as "vertical" (basically by me pulling the boat to directly over the anchor's set point), the anchor came out cleanly, if not clean, so to speak. Having hauled anchor now multiple times by hand, the Danforth seems to require more effort than the Fortress beyond what the seven pound difference in weight would suggest. Not effort ever likely to call for the installation of a windlass, however...it's just not that hard a task unless we anchored out every night in this boat...which we are unlikely to do. Alchemy's all chain, all the time, however, is a different story. So are anchor/marker buoys, also called trip lines, a topic for the future.
So, it was an educational, if not particularly entertaining, evening of Adventures in Tight Anchoring. On the way back to the marina (a 15-minute motor), just in front of us, a C&C 41 hit an Island tender squarely amidships with a bang that sounded like glass being chucked into a dumpster, so it could have been worse. Our son spotted it before myself and the missus; we are pleased at his as-yet non-myopia and his improving watchkeeping skills.
Bonus retro post: Parody of how some folk might test their anchors.