Gardens is a fun boat to day-sail. We have an anchor, chain, and rode on board but have not figured out how to rig an anchoring system. I have an idea of what I'd do in some sort of emergency if I had to, but I'm trying to sort out a system for more deliberate, non-emergency, planned situations - like lunch stops and overnight outings.
What we've got:
- 2kg (4.4lbs) Lewmar Claw anchor
- 15' 1/4" Chain (with shackles)
- 100' 3/8" Nylon 3-Strand Rode (with thimble)
- Two 6" Forward Cleats (approximately 30" from the stem)
- Bow Chocks (at the stem)
- A Bucket (stowed in starboard side of foreward cockpit)
- An Impractically Small Foredeck
- Large (3/4" ID) Padeyes along side decks
The impractically small foredeck means I need to handle (lowering/raising) the anchor from the foreward end of the cockpit. Since the sail bundle sets on the port side, it makes sense to me to work the anchor from the starboard side of the boat. The anchor bucket rides in that foreward starboard corner of the cockpit. So... so far, so good.
- To what do I secure the bitter end of the anchor rode? Years ago ('67, '68, '69) I learned that anchor chains were "secured" to the keel of a ship with snake stuff - so that if the anchor ran loose the chain wouldn't tear the ship apart. Of course, I'm talking about a much smaller scale...
- How do I store the rode/chain in the bucket so that it doesn't fall in on itself (tangle itself in knots)?
- Does an anchor bridle make sense to use on a mono-hull? If yes, how should it be rigged?
- What is the "correct" orientation for the bow chocks?
- Is there a simple/easy way to mark the anchor rode to know how much has been let out?
- Is 3-strand nylon or double braided nylon 'better' for an anchor line?
- Is 115' of rode (chain + line) enough? I know it depends on where one expects to anchor...
- And so much more that I don't know what I don't know enough to ask about...