Anchors chains and windlasses
"Picture this scenario: It is 2 a.m. and you are awakened from a deep sleep to the sound of the chain in the bow roller and the feel of the boat pitching into a wind driven chop. The wind has changed, and you know instantly that your stern is now close to the low reef you had anchored behind. On deck, you survey the situation. The reef is only 20 feet astern so if you drag, you will be on it in a flash. Across the bay there is a cove that offers protection from the wind and chop. What to do? Move, of course. On goes the engine and with the push of a button on the remote you haul in the anchor. Twenty minutes later you are in the cove, see that the depth is right for anchoring and with the push of a button you let go the anchor and reset it snuggly in the sandy bottom. As you slip back into you bunk next to your sleeping spouse, you once again say thank you to the mighty windlass on the bow.
(Submitted by Noel Mon Jul 26, 2004 )
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