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Anchors That Didn't Hold and Low Tides That Left You High and Dry

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Anchors That Didn't Hold and Low Tides That Left You High and Dry
Metal sailboat anchored and dragged when the east winds blew.
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When anchoring match the bottom type and depth with the proper anchor and scope. Be sure to allow for tidal current changes and enough swing room that doesn't put you hard aground.

Plow anchors are good for hard sandy bottoms. They will PLOW through mud. From Georgia to the Chesapeake a Bruce, Claw, Danforth or Max would be a better choice.

Mark your rode so you will know how much scope is out. Don't forget to include anchor roller to water level plus water depth at high tide when you calculate your scope.

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Daytona Beach. Tidal current too strong for the anchor.
Too much scope in a narrow river. When the high tide dropped the boat grounded.
Joy riding at low tide...well, almost low
They DID anchor properly. But they forgot to run their blowers before starting the engine. BOOM!

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