"My estimate of the survival rate of boats at anchor in the last four storms is between 5-10%, depending on location. That really says it all as far as anchoring is concerned. There are simply too many unknown factors involved for mooring to be reliable, and there's a long list of reasons why. The use of anchors for secondary holding, or to keep boats away from docks is fine, but dependence on anchors almost invariably fails. Certainly there are exceptions to this, but unless you have a great deal of certainty about the holding ground and other conditions, anchoring is a poor option."
(Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 12, 2004 )
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