Anchored off Louisa Island

       There must be a hundred safe anchoring areas on the North Channel, some more popular than others. Good anchoring areas need to have good holding for the anchor and protection from the waves. I also prefer not to have boats anchored close to me so that I am able to swing on the anchor in changing winds.

       For my anchor, a Danforth, mud, clay and sand is best for worry free holding. Since we would sleep on the boat while at anchor we needed to pay particular attention that the anchor was dug in. One night in Gore Bay the anchor failed me.

       We had anchored just before dark and the anchor seemed to be holding. In the middle of the night the sound of the wind awoke me and instintively I looked at a reference point on shore and determined we were dragging. I quickly started the engine and while my crew slowly motored into the wind I raised the anchor just before we would have hit a big expensive boat at dock.

       Although it was a mud bottom, weeds had prevented sufficient holding.

Lesson Learned:   At anchor, a cautious captain should be a light sleeper.

The Benjammins

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Created 30 April 2002 by Mark Smith
Last Updated on 27 December 2010