12.17.2007

Why you do anchor watch in extreme conditions.


This photo is a good example of why you drop a second hook and do anchor watches in extreme conditions. Apparently this boat broke loose last night in 30+ kts of wind. I am not sure if the boat that broke loose was on a mooring or an anchor. It looks like it went aground and hit another boat on a mooring. We were not concerned about dragging last night because we had two hooks in place in a Bahamian Moor style. Also there were no boats anchored to windward of us that would drift into us if they broke free. So we had a peaceful night of rest after a grueling game of rummy. The Captain is now down by only 845 points from a high of 1200. The wind howled, the rig moaned and the gentle rocking of Mary Rose was a good feeling. It is quite cold for central Florida this morning. We are in fleece and watch caps. The wind chill is in the low 30's. We have decided to weigh anchor and head to a Marina in Venice, about 15 mile north of our current location. A hot shower will feel mighty good today and in the morning. We also have a minor malfunction in our fresh water supply and will be able to make the repair and refill our tanks at the marina. We have been working out of gallon jugs of water for the past two days. My father told me stories of how he could bathe and shave daily on one canteen of water when he was on the battle field. I have always remembered this and it came in handy as I endeavored to achieve the goal of daily hygiene with one canteen of water. I now know it can be done! Not what I would like to do long term but one can get by with this method when necessary. Signing off to weigh anchor

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