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#1 Mal Thomas

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 08:03 AM

The committee met last night and we discussed new members feeling safe whilst dropping and retrieving their anchor.

The safety courses do not cover our deep water anchoring for fishing and we would like to make sure you have some techniques your happy with and are set up to do, with a good understanding of what you are doing and why.

We have highly skilled club members who are happy to take members out and demonstrate, your job is to put your names on this thread and let us know.

Here are some of the key issues you need to consider when anchoring, alot are made onshore before you leave for your planned day. 

 

1.How much rope and chain have I got attached to my anchor.

2.What size is my anchor and does it match my boat size. 

3.Is my anchor tripped if I get it caught in the bottom.

4.Do I carry a spare for emergencies.

5.Can I lift the anchor If I have a power failure.

6.Do I carry a spare buff to detach it, and mark it for a club member to retrieve it for me another day, rather than loose it and litter the sea bed. 

7.What depth am I going to anchor in and how much rope do I need to set the anchor well.

8.When I arrive at my choosen spot, how do I anchor the feature to fish the spot correctly.

9.How to use your GPS to plot where you intend to drop and where you want to finish.

10.How to read the wind and tide combination to choose the right spot to drop.

11.What tide is it today, neap or spring or something in between.

12.Is my anchor holding or am I slipping. Why am I slipping.

13.Should I retrieve in a strong tide or make it easier and wait for slack.

14.Have you tried the Alderney ring method, do you know the principles of how to make it a safe retrieve.

15.Have I got a strong enough cleat or post to tie off the anchor.

16.What sea bed am I anchoring, is it sand, gravel, rocks or is a wreck close by?

17.Can I improve my boat and set up to make it safer and easier for myself.

 

 

These are just a few of the considerations to be thought of when anchoring, it is probably one of the most risky and potentially dangerous things you do at sea, especially if you throw in some snotty sea conditions.

We would like to help you be safe, so please just post your interest and we will see how to approach your reponse, whether it be a separate one on one, a group on a day and make it a small social event or something in between.

We are flexible, make your time at sea less stressful and more safe.

Thanks for reading this post.

 

Mal 

Safety officer and Skipper of Y- Knot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted 14 June 2017 - 09:31 AM

Hi Mal, Nice topic mate

 

Please put my name down as a volunteer Instructor for that, on Alfresco or other boats. Date permitting of course


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Posted 14 June 2017 - 09:56 AM

Hear one boat lost a lot of anchor rope, chain and anchor yesterday. Expensive. Really good idea.

Allan.

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 10:00 AM


Hi Mal,

Please add my name to list of volunteers to help out if required.
Great subject to cover and always learning?

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 10:50 AM

Hear one boat lost a lot of anchor rope, chain and anchor yesterday. Expensive. Really good idea.

Allan.

Nearly lost mine on the patch last night, but using a few tricks when manoeuvring the boat, I managed to get it back.



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Posted 14 June 2017 - 12:34 PM

I've got a floaty anchor
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#7 Mal Thomas

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 12:38 PM

Thanks Charlie and Chris for your valued help. We just need those who might like help to step forward.



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Posted 14 June 2017 - 12:40 PM

Chris and I are fully aware of your floaty anchor Nige, we had first hand experience of how well it floated away in a strong tide. :lol:  :lol:  :lol:


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Posted 14 June 2017 - 12:49 PM

Better than my one that Nigel put overboard without shackling the chain to the rope. [or was that Gary Austin?]

 

Definitely did not float

 

:D  :D


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Posted 14 June 2017 - 01:00 PM

Better than my one that Nigel put overboard without shackling the chain to the rope. [or was that Gary Austin?]

Definitely did not float

:D :D

Still brings a smile

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 01:49 PM

Happy to use Gastro to show same procedure in a scaled down version for small boats......or for anyone this end of the conurbation.


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Posted 14 June 2017 - 03:47 PM

Also happy to help in whatever way needed


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Martin

 

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 04:07 PM

Thanks for the support Alun and Martin.



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Posted 14 June 2017 - 05:30 PM

So lots of potential Instructors and not just in Poole, all those guys know their stuff and have been handling problems as they come up for many years.

 

Now don't be shy, would any of our less experienced members benefit from some training / expert advice?

 

PM Mal if you don't want to go public.


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Posted 14 June 2017 - 06:24 PM

I would like to be able to trip my anchor, however, I have a rocking roller on the bow which means the anchor is liable to snagging when coming over the roller if it is tripped.
This then makes it unsafe to pull the anchor over in rough seas.

I would welcome someone to come aboard and show me how to safely overcome the problem as I currently avoid rocky areas For fishing.

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 06:57 PM

Got the same bow roller type Greg, we have to lift  over roller as will not come on properly when tripped..........but I would not fish without it being tripped ,especially in some of the ground we all fish over .

 

What anchor have you got ?

 

if its the bruce type just put a shackle on the chain and fit to front of anchor then just tyrap the chain to the hasp ( think thats the right name ), use a strongish tyrap though otherwise you will be forever "tripping" and dragging.

 

You can always look at my anchor if you want ( F60 )

 

 

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 07:25 PM

Thanks Mick

Yes it is the Bruce type, however, it is 15Kg and with my back I struggle to lift it over.
But the main issue is I do not want to be struggling with the lifting in choppy seas which is quite unsafe?

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 08:14 PM

Agree there Greg, can you not get a 10kg anchor like we have, should hold your boat I would of thought.



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Posted 14 June 2017 - 08:19 PM

Hi Greg you were not the intended audience, but we have no bounds to helping our members, you have the best skipper on your pontoon, so we can help and soon. Hopefully Chris is looking on and your best advice is imminent. Thanks mate for your anchoring query and demonstrating we are always learning new things. 



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Posted 14 June 2017 - 08:34 PM

Greg try setting up to trip but run the chain under the anchor so the chain comes over the roller.
Practice on the mooring several times until you are happy it's working.
Unfortunately one day you will have to go forward to guide the anchor if it's tripped but this is easy if you have forward anchor switches to hand.
I would not do it if only control is from cabin.
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