Anchoring Made Easy Chapter 33 of 37

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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John Harries

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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