Anchoring Angst

15 Dec

It’s 11PM, do you know where your boat is? Right now I’m not quite sure, and I’m on it.
One of the joys of boating is dropping anchor in some very remote and very beautiful spots. Tonight we are anchoring on Walburg Creek which is near St. Catherine’s Inlet in Georgia. We are only about 1.5 miles from the Atlantic and I can hear the waves in the distance. My angst comes from the fact that I never trust our anchoring skills. I always have recurring dreams that I will fall asleep and will wake up to the sounds of our hull scraping into some rocks because our anchor dragged during the night. I have an app on my iPhone that I am using as of this writing that uses GPS to mark our position every few seconds. If we start dragging, an alarm goes off and we can hopefully reset the anchor.

We dropped anchor around 2:30 today at low tide in about 11 feet of water. About 90 minutes ago we reached high tide and the boat started to meander about as expected when there is little current to hold it in place. The tide is now going out again so our boat is basically flipping 180 degrees to match the current. I noticed that our position appeared to be moving a little more than I figured it would. We are now settled and I see no more movement but I still feel uneasy. It wouldn’t be so bad but it is REALLY dark out and the thought of firing up the engines and resetting our anchor is not something I want to dwell on. I guess this is something that I’ll have to just embrace as part of the grand adventure. Alright…I’ll try to sleep now.

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