Surging at The Anchor, an Alternative Proven Cure

A windy day in Dominica
A windy day in Dominica

I can’t tell you how many times we have been grateful for the sheer tenacity of our 33kg Rocna anchor. The confidence it has given us when yet another squall whacks into Pèlerin is priceless. But anchoring in strong winds is not just about the design of your anchor, as size is of equal importance—if in doubt, go large!

And that’s not the complete story either. A nylon snubber, can really absorb the energy of the gusts and take shock loadings off the anchor and associated shackles.

All of these factors have a secondary benefit in that, when combined, they significantly reduce stress amongst the crew sheltering below. There’s nothing worse than lying in your bunk enduring loud cracks, creaks and shocks as the chain comes up tight—there’s always an air of tension, and rest doesn’t come easy.

And then there’s another dimension, that of stopping the boat sheering around like a mad thing in the gusts, heeling hard and coming up tight on her cable at the end of each run, worrying away at the anchor like a pit bull terrier.

But how to tame that particular beast? Over the years I’ve tried many well-known strategies, with varying results, but I believe that I have finally found a technique that answers that problem, at least in our case.

  1. Introduction
  2. 4 Vital Anchor Selection Criteria and a Review of SPADE
  3. SARCA Excel Anchor—A Real World Test
  4. SPADE, SARCA Excel, or Some Other Anchor?
  5. Resetting Failures With Rocna and Manson, and Thoughts on Vulcan and Mantus
  6. Some Thoughts On The Ultra Anchor, Roll Bars and Swivels
  7. Specifying Primary Anchor Size
  8. Kedge (Secondary Anchor)—Recommended Type and Size
  9. Third Anchors, Storm Anchors and Spare Anchors
  10. Anchor Tests—The Good, The Bad, and The Downright Silly
  11. Making Anchor Tests More Meaningful
  12. We Love The Way Our Anchor Drags 
  13. Things to Know About Anchor Chain
  14. Selecting a Chain Grade
  15. Anchor Chain Catenary, When it Matters and When it Doesn’t
  16. Anchoring—Snubbers
  17. Anchor Rode Questions and Answers
  18. Q&A: Hybrid Rope And Chain Anchor Rodes
  19. Anchor Swivels, Just Say No
  20. A Windlass That Makes The Grade
  21. The Perfect Anchor Roller
  22. Install A Wash-down Pump—And Save Money!
  23. Anchoring—Kellets
  24. Anchoring—Chain: Stoppers, Termination and Marking
  25. 20 Tips To Get Anchored and Stay Anchored
  26. Choosing an Anchorage
  27. Choosing a Spot
  28. 15 Steps To Getting Securely Anchored
  29. One Anchor or Two?
  30. Two Anchors Done Right
  31. It’s Often Better to Anchor Than Pick Up a Mooring
  32. Yawing at Anchor, The Theory and The Solution
  33. Surging at The Anchor, an Alternative Proven Cure
  34. ShoreFasts—Part 1, When to Use Them
  35. ShoreFasts—Part 2, Example Setups Plus Tips and Tricks
  36. ShoreFasts—Part 3, The Gear
  37. How To Use An Anchor Trip Line
  38. Gale And Storm Preparation, At Anchor Or On A Mooring
  39. Storm Preparation, All Chain On Deck

Colin, European Correspondent here at AAC, is a deeply experienced offshore sailor who holds a Yachtmaster licence, and a gifted photographer and talented writer who has added a whole new dimension to Attainable Adventure Cruising. In addition, since Colin and Louise are from England and had their OVNI 435, Pèlerin built in France, they bring a European perspective to our site. You can read more about Colin and Louise and their business at their website.

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