ShoreFasts—Part 2, Example Setups Plus Tips and Tricks

Phyllis looks over Polaris, the Hutting 54 we took care of in West Greenland over one Christmas while her owners took a break.
See if you can count the number of shorefasts (click to enlarge).

In Part 1 I covered the physics that govern shorefasts. Now let's move on to some example configurations and then some fun stuff: tips, tricks and hacks that make putting in shorefasts safer and easier.

And, yes, I deliberately put the fun tips at the end so you would have to read through more theory to get to them—no cheating now.

Seriously, do read carefully. I learned a huge amount, as well as trashing several of my long-held assumptions, while putting together the diagrams for this chapter.

Never Two Points

But, first off, let's expand on why we pretty much always need more than one shorefast and an anchor.

(There is one exception, which I will get to later.)

I'm guessing that most of you already figured it out from Part 1, and that just goes to show the importance of properly analyzing these things, rather than relying on common practice, like I did when I used to use just one shorefast and an anchor. (I like that excuse better than the other option: I'm a dummy.)

Anyway, the reason is that there are two vital requirements to make shorefasts work safely:

  • We need to avoid small shorefast angles, like that in the graphic above.
  • On the other hand, we need to take slack out of the system to reduce impact loads from the boat slamming back and forth caused by multi-directional gusting—common in small anchorages.
Clearly those two requirements can't be met with two shorefasts, or one plus an anchor.

So let's look at adding more shorefasts and/or anchors:

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  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 Some 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. Things to Know About Anchor Chain
  12. Selecting a Chain Grade
  13. Anchor Chain Catenary, When it Matters and When it Doesn’t
  14. Anchoring—Snubbers
  15. Anchor Rode Questions and Answers
  16. Q&A: Hybrid Rope And Chain Anchor Rodes
  17. Anchor Swivels, Just Say No
  18. A Windlass That Makes The Grade
  19. The Perfect Anchor Roller
  20. Install A Wash-down Pump—And Save Money!
  21. Anchoring—Kellets
  22. Anchoring—Chain: Stoppers, Termination and Marking
  23. 20 Tips To Get Anchored and Stay Anchored
  24. Choosing an Anchorage
  25. Choosing a Spot
  26. 15 Steps To Getting Securely Anchored
  27. One Anchor or Two?
  28. Two Anchors Done Right
  29. It’s Often Better to Anchor Than Pick Up a Mooring
  30. Yawing at Anchor, The Theory and The Solution
  31. Surging at The Anchor, an Alternative Proven Cure
  32. ShoreFasts—Part 1, When to Use Them
  33. ShoreFasts—Part 2, Example Setups Plus Tips and Tricks
  34. ShoreFasts—Part 3, The Gear
  35. How To Use An Anchor Trip Line
  36. Gale And Storm Preparation, At Anchor Or On A Mooring
  37. Storm Preparation, All Chain On Deck

John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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