Key West - Sigsbee Island
22 April 2021 | Key West
Warren Renninger | Clear, 83, breezy
I have found a place my Rocna anchor doesn't like. After if dragged yesterday when I tried to set it, all was well until the wind and waves picked up after dinner. The boat's movements changed and sure enough we were dragging.
I thought it was a good reason to try the other side of the harbor to get out of the bigger waves. So we tried that and it took thee times to get a set. The problem is thick sea grass that keeps the anchor from digging into the sand. Then the anchor gets full of grass and skims along.
After getting a good set we stayed in place all night. However in the morning the wind picked up and we were dragging again. Well it was time to get close to Sigsbee Island anyway since I wanted to go shopping at the Navy Base. We motored back across the bay to a spot 1/2 mile from the little Sigsbee Marina. Again the Rocha failed to set. So tried my Fortress backup anchor. It didn't even try to set, just pulled up a ball of sea grass.
Finally I found a spot where the grass was thin and dropped the Rocna and it is holding. But tonight's sleep will be tempered with listening for the anchor drag alarm.
Took the dinghy to the Marina and unloaded trash and my folding bike. The Commissary is only 1/2 mile from the Marina (you can see part of it's blue metal roof in the photo) and I was almost in the parking lot when I was stopped by the base police. I wasn't wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle on base and needed to get off and walk. Which I did. Then I loaded the bike up like a pack mule and walked it back to the Marina.
Came back to Breeze and put away the groceries. Then I started rearranging the boat. The aft berth Art is going to use had the following: a folding bicycle, a 900 watt portable generator, a fishing rod, a dock cart, a tackle box, a bike tire pump, a cockpit cover with pole, and a swim noodle. Found homes for most of the stuff. Time to start dinner .