Yes, I am the wicked witch of sv Winterlude. I will never ever understand why, when there’s lots of room in an anchorage, boats feel compelled to anchor literally on top of other boats.
Yesterday a boat came into the anchorage, drove around scouting lots of great spots … with no other boats. But then dropped the anchor literally within a boat length directly upwind of Winterlude. David & I were in our dinghy getting ready for our afternoon beach excursion. We waited watching. David swore they were going to pick it up and move because they knew they were too close. No such luck.
After promising to be nice (David always worries … and with good reason … about me turning into a raving ranting witch), we dinghied over and politely with a smile I asked if they had a nice sail (pleasantries first), then even more politely told them I thought they were anchored too close to our boat.
The first response was “ok, how much chain do you have out?” 80 feet. The next response … “Well, let’s just let it settle in and see, I’ve never ever drug anchor and I teach sailing, so there’s nothing to worry about”.
My response was a polite, the boats are anchored too close (not to mention directly upwind) and we would like you to move. But if you decide not to move, we’ll reanchor. We were a bit concerned that he’d have to move for us to get our anchor out from under his boat so we COULD re-anchor, but we agreed to dinghy off & check later. If he hadn’t re-anchored, we would. Keep in mind, there was plenty of room.
He grumbled and groused, but when we returned, he had moved an acceptable and certainly safer distance. Whew…
In retrospect when he said he teaches sailing and has never drug anchor, I almost wish I had smiled and said “I certainly hope you aren’t teaching new sailors that it’s OK to anchor too close”. I’m glad the witch in me was able to be polite. I hate to alienate potential friends, but our boat’s safety is more important.
So now you know about the wicked witch that lives aboard sv Winterlude. Poor David.