Anchoring in swell.

Many idyllic anchorages can be spoilt by a small amount of swell causing the yacht to roll uncomfortably. This is often worst when the swell is approaching from the beam of the vessel.

In non-tidal conditions or where the current is light a means of reducing the motion is to hold the yacht head on to the swell.

To achieve this a second anchor should be laid from the stern. With a correctly positioned anchor the vessel's heading can be adjusted so that the swell causes the boat to bob gently instead of rolling unpleasantly.

Using a second anchor to hold the bow in to the swell.

 

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