The anchoring system that came with Brigit was pretty solid and would have done quite fine for PNW cruising. It consisted of a 33lb Bruce anchor with ~50ft of 3/8 BBB chain and another ~200ft of 5/8 three strand rode. All of this run through a beautiful manual windlass. Solid functionality, no power required (other than my Wheaties), super salty looking, and unfortunately not a good solution for my single-handing.
I thought extensively through my goals and dreams and decided to renew the whole system. I also decided that it was one of my top priorities for anchoring to be as easy and efficient as possible. I do not want to hesitate to do it, to do it again if I don’t feel completely good with the job, and to pull and go anchor somewhere else if I feel the urge or pressure to do so. Good for safety and sanity (not just mine!). So I consciously went over the top on this system.
Now I have a Manson Supreme 45lb for primary (the Bruce to secondary duty), with 240ft of 5/16 HT and another ~50ft of 5/8 brait, all run through a Lofrans Tigres, with a remote in the cockpit. Decadent overkill and I am completely comfortable with this.
And I think my manual windlass found a good home here: http://normanobstacle.org
In November of 2012 I took a trip with Mahina Expeditions, sailing from Brisbane, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand. I had two primary goals in this adventure. First, to establish if I really liked open ocean sailing. In theory it was exciting. It sounded great! I had spent a Summer living aboard while commercial fishing out of Sand Point, AK a long time back so it wasn’t entirely foreign. Second, I needed to learn as much as I could about the details and realities of living and passage making on a boat. How do you brush your teeth without poking yourself in the eye in a good roll? (Don’t remember brushing my teeth aboard the fishing boat.) Is rest a possibility or a fantasy? (It’s all about the “bank” as I was to learn from John and Amanda). Would I get seasick? (Still never more than a few moments of queasy.) Where do you put all of your stuff?! (Much easier once you get rid of all the crap you own for no good reason.)
The wind and weather provided us the opportunity for a short stop at Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. I hope to spend much more time there in the future. New Zealand was enchanting. No, seriously. I am enchanted by the place. Just loved it. I’m still smiling about it all. Especially having Lin and Larry Pardey aboard for dinner and conversation! Amazing and educational indeed, from end to end. John and Amanda, thank you.
In short, theory was put to test and proven: I love it. Lets do it again. Now. It was an incredible educational experience culminated into one greater realization: its a way of life, and a beautiful one at that. Maybe mine someday soon.
I did not have a real camera but here are the misc iPhone shots.
For those that have asked (repeatedly) for some documentation.