It’s Often Better to Anchor Than Pick Up a MooringReading Time: 2 minutes
People are often surprised and even a little hurt when we turn down their kind offers to use their moorings in harbours we visit. John explains why.
Yawing at Anchor, The Theory and The SolutionReading Time: 10 minutes
There are few subjects around anchoring that get more discussion than stopping yawing at anchor. However, once we understand why it happens, the best solution becomes obvious.
Yawing at The Anchor, an Alternative CureReading Time: 8 minutes
Does your boat swing violently back and forth at anchor when the wind is up? Colin has a solution that is simple, inexpensive, and easy to rig.
How To Use An Anchor Trip LineReading Time: 3 minutes
John writes about how we rig an anchor trip line on Morgan’s Cloud.
ShoreFasts—Part 1, When to Use ThemReading Time: 11 minutes
Many people assume that tying to the solid land with shorefasts is safer and more secure than anchoring. But is it really? John takes a deep dive into the facts and in the process shares some interesting things about shorefasts and how to use them.
ShoreFasts—Part 2, Example Setups Plus Tips and TricksReading Time: 13 minutes
In Part 1 I covered the physics that govern the loads shorefast are subjected to. 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.
ShoreFasts—Part 3, The GearReading Time: 10 minutes
In Parts 1 and 2 I covered when to use shorefasts, the risks of doing so, and shorefast setups, as well as sharing some tips and tricks to make putting them in easier. Now let’s take a look at the gear Phyllis and I carry on Morgan’s Cloud, as well as what you need if you aspire to being a competent shorefast user.
Gale And Storm Preparation, At Anchor Or On A MooringReading Time: 3 minutes
John shares the checklist he uses to prepare Morgan’s Cloud for a gale or storm when at anchor or on a mooring.
Storm Preparation, All Chain On DeckReading Time: 4 minutes
What with spending a lot of time in the high latitudes and keeping boats on moorings year round in Bermuda, John has a lot of experience dealing with heavy weather while anchored or on a mooring. In this chapter he gives some tips for preparing your boat to safely ride out a storm.