Anchoring in confined spaces.

Whilst sailing in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean recently, I had other vessels anchor directly over my anchor or very close to it on several occasions. This was caused by the pressure on space in small anchorages.

If this happens, weighing anchor and departing can be a little difficult, especially is the other vessel is unmanned when you need to leave.

A solution that we found worked well in most cases is to winch in as much chain as possible whilst approaching the stern of the other yacht. Then to reverse hard on the engine and drag the anchor clear.

In all the cases where we did this the anchor was recovered easily.






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