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  1. #41
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    Default Re: Single handed anchoring without windlass - advice for novice

    A chain pawl is your friend. Absent one, you must snatch a turn round something - a cleat is not ideal...

  2. #42
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    Default Re: Single handed anchoring without windlass - advice for novice

    It is obvious of course, but some people forget to do it and I know one such person very well. Tie on the bitter end somewhere before you drop the hook.

  3. #43
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    Default Re: Single handed anchoring without windlass - advice for novice

    See post 5:


    Before starting, make sure that the bitter end of the chain is secured. Think of “We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea!”

  4. #44
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    Default Re: Single handed anchoring without windlass - advice for novice

    I have a Centaur with a 10kg CQR. This often comes up with a lot of mud. I find a half full bucket of water secure to the pulpit enables me to rinse muddy hands before nipping back to the cockpit.

  5. #45
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    Default Re: Single handed anchoring without windlass - advice for novice

    Thanks again to all.
    You've provided loads of very helpful advice which I'm looking forward to following.

  6. #46
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    Default Re: Single handed anchoring without windlass - advice for novice

    Quote Originally Posted by richard77777 View Post
    Thanks again to all.
    You've provided loads of very helpful advice which I'm looking forward to following.
    Have a ball, and please remember that it's not nearly as difficult as many people think.
    "Seamen are always wanting to do things the proper way; and I like to do them my way."

  7. #47
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    Default Re: Single handed anchoring without windlass - advice for novice

    Quote Originally Posted by richard77777 View Post
    Thanks again to all.
    You've provided loads of very helpful advice which I'm looking forward to following.
    Once you've done that several times, and got to enjoy the peace and freedom anchoring gives, come back on here and tell everyone just how difficult and insecure and over-rated it is.....

    Especially down in the West Country!

  8. #48
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    Default Re: Single handed anchoring without windlass - advice for novice

    Quote Originally Posted by zoidberg View Post
    Once you've done that several times, and got to enjoy the peace and freedom anchoring gives, come back on here and tell everyone just how difficult and insecure and over-rated it is.....

    Especially down in the West Country!
    And could anyone suggest the best anchor to use!!!
    Chris
    Hunter Pilot 27 - 'Second Chance'

  9. #49
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    Default Re: Single handed anchoring without windlass - advice for novice

    I certainly will!

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    Default Re: Single handed anchoring without windlass - advice for novice

    Quote Originally Posted by chrisclin View Post
    And could anyone suggest the best anchor to use!!!
    I wouldn't dare!

    I have no idea which is the best but I have always found the genuine CQRs I have owned to be perfectly adequate!

    "Brexit: like watching a library being burned down by people who can't read"

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