Annecam

29 August 2019 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
23 August 2019 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
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25 July 2019 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
11 July 2019 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
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06 June 2019 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
30 May 2019 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
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19 May 2019 | Lady Musgrave Island, Queensland, Australia.
28 February 2019 | Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
14 February 2019 | Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
22 November 2018 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
04 November 2018 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
25 October 2018 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
20 October 2018 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
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04 July 2018 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
19 May 2018 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.

Anchored for over a thousand days

22 November 2018 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Cam "H"
It was the events of yesterday that prompted me to write this blog entry, it was a squall line from a run of the mill surface trough, much the same as the many we have had before and I’m sure we will see them in the future. It is always a lottery when you see the storm coming, the clouds rolling towards our position, the constant flash of the lightning, the thunder rumbling, growing louder the closer it gets, the driving rain when it arrives and as most boats stay put swinging on their anchors there will be one or two that always seem to drag much to the dismay of the boats in their path.

Not always but we find the odd boat to be repeat offenders and when you see what they are trying to anchor with you will understand why they create the same issue time and time again.

The most common cause we see is the anchor is way too small for the boat they are on and the amount of chain or rode they use is way too short to even give them a chance to stay set and the other cause is the anchor they have is almost always a plough, a plough will only hold bottom if the sea floor allows, if there is no weed, coral, gravel or silt and even then they will move if your boat puts enough force on it and heaven forbid if there is a wind change the plough will sometimes never re-set.

We had a very heavy CQR on Annecam when we first purchased her in Croatia, we had many a broken night’s sleep as we would almost always drag across any and every bay we anchored in. It was embarrassing each time we tried to set that anchor. Just to give you an idea we would quite often drop that CQR in about 5 metres of water, feed out around 60 to 70 metres of 10mm chain and back down to try to get a set and 99% of the time it never held, we were very lucky that we never dragged back into anyone or anything else.

Our second year on Annecam we managed to change our CQR to a Mantus 65. The first time we used it we were amazed at how fast it set and we had a play to see how much or I should say how short our chain could be to still get a set, we were even getting a set with 1.5 to 1 but we still would put out at least 4 to 1 and if there is enough swing room we still put out at least 6 to 1. We have been anchored on this anchor for well over a thousand days in countless bays and anchorages in 52 different countries between Croatia and Australia.

We have had two separate times when our trusty Mantus moved, the first was in the Greek Islands when we fouled it in a discarded foul weather jacket and the second time was in Simpson Bay Lagoon, St Marten in the Caribbean when we dropped it right in the middle of a bunch of clear plastic that most likely came off someone’s dodger from a hurricane the season before.

I was told by an old seafarer a long time ago that chain will not hold you while it’s still in the locker, so if you have the swing room always put out more than what you think you will need.

“Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop.”

The photo is our Mantus 65 anchor


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Vessel Name: Annecam
Vessel Make/Model: Bavaria 46
Hailing Port: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Crew: Campbell & Annette Hair
About: Cam has had a long love for the ocean, over 40 years on and off various boats. Annie would love smooth seas and to never to see another winter.
Extra: Rig heavy, reef early, and pray often; for God does not promise us an easy passage, but He does promise a safe anchorage.
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