Re: We Didn't Mean To...Drag the anchor

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Posted by Jonathan Labaree on July 29, 2003 at 13:30:27 from user JLabaree.

In Reply to: Re: We Didn't Mean To...Drag the anchor posted by Ross Cossar on July 29, 2003 at 01:56:31:

After wondering about the proper amount of scope in the initial post of this thread, Ed also points out that Goblin's anchor rode was not secured to the vessel:

The other difficulty the Goblin had was when the bitter end of
the anchor line was reached, it did not seem to be sufficiently
belayed to the ship, with the resultant loss of the anchor and
its line.

What is the collective wisdom on this point? I know some skippers who insist on securing the rode to the boat and others who swear the opposite. My memory isn't sharp enough to remember if this topic is discussed in WDMTGTS. I took a quick look at on-line versions of the US and Canadian seamanship manuals. The US version is, as far as I could tell, silent on the point in its section on anchoring while the Canadian version suggests you should secure the end of the anchor rode to the vessel.

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