Anchoring and Mooring

Choice of an Anchorage

Factors affecting the decision of where to anchor

Anchoring prohibited.

Shelter from the wind.

Hydrographic publication 5011, Symbols and Abbreviations, gives the full range of abbreviations used on Admiralty charts. All yachts should have a copy of this booklet aboard, one can be ordered here.

M = Mud

R = Rock

Wd = Weed

Wk = Wreck

Obstructions and the quality of the bottom.

Prepare departure.

In the above example, keeping the Quick green flashing light on the buoy on a bearing of between 080 and 115 degrees will ensure that you pass between the rocks. Note that if there is a tide running, these clearing lines may be very different to the course the vessel may have to steer.

Swinging room.

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