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The Carrier Cooler
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 10:50 am    Post subject: A Dumb Move and a Smart Move Reply with quote

I went out yesterday to bottom fish with a few friends. It was rougher than expected but we anchored anyway. After catching 7 sharks in 15 min we decided to go to a new spot. Put on the anchor ball and we were ready to go.

Dumb Move - I ran over the anchor line and it wrapped around my engine. It was like anchoring from the stern. In order to raise my engine, I had to drop the transom. We then began taking on water.

Smart Move - We cut the anchor line. It easily came off the prop.

Our forward momentum under power quickly drained the water overboard.

While I am not very proud of my experience, I am posting this as a reminder to everyone - be safe, smart and careful out there. Take a minute to think of the mistakes you may have made in the past that could have cost you dearly. It may save your life tomorrow.

By the way. Our feet got wet too and it was a long, cold ride home!
  
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hate to hear that, you have to be carefull with the anchor ball. the wet feet will make you feal numb all over.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smart Move...

Screw the Anchor, the rope and the ball...cut the rope!

On the starboard stern I use a SMALL rope (breaks easy if stressed too much) with a clip on it.

As I run around the rope....I clip it with the rope.

This makes it impossible for the rope to go under the boat and into the motors.

Same clip I am using here!

http://fryingpantower.com/content-6.html

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Capt_Dave wrote:
Smart Move...

Screw the Anchor, the rope and the ball...cut the rope!

On the starboard stern I use a SMALL rope (breaks easy if stressed too much) with a clip on it.

As I run around the rope....I clip it with the rope.

This makes it impossible for the rope to go under the boat and into the motors.

Same clip I am using here!

Dave
got any pics dave
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you fish much, we've all done it at one time or another . Just takes more guts to admit it. I did it once when I was running outboards and it wound the rope so tight in the prop housing we had to pull the prop to get the rope out. Packed it so tight we couldn't even cut it out!!!

Like Capt Dave said, if you going to drag anchor, take the time to hitch it up at a stern position to keep it out of the water and away from under the boat. Also, pay attention and don't circle back on it!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Carrier Cooler,
Like Butch said, those of us that have fished enough have made a mistake or two. Glad you are OK, and think you did a good thing posting this to help keep others from getting into the same situation!!!

Robby,
I don't know if this is exactly how Dave does his, but here are a few pictures of how I do it. The small rope will break before the anchor line and serves 2 purposes: 1.keeps the anchor line out from under the boat, and 2. will break if you fly the anchor into something that grabs it so the force will be transfered to the bow, and you don't pull your transom under. Hope this helps,
Midnight





  
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One more thing I forgot to mention. I think it's a good idea to write your contact info, or your boat reg number on your anchor ball.
Might could be a safety thing, but also might help get it back if lost. I have found and returned 3 in the last several years.
Good Luck...............
  
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Midnight,

That was what I was talking about. I do mine off the stern on the starboard side.....but it is the same idea. The small rope is stort enough that the anchor rope can not go under the boat.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do it like Dave, have the securing rope off the starboard stern and short enough it can't get in the engines, turning around off the rope someone holds it and lets it get pulled out of their hand, I use the starboard side to keep the anchor rope on but it depends on which side you drive from and or can watch the rope come along esiest.  
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

zigzag wrote:
I do it like Dave, have the securing rope off the starboard stern and short enough it can't get in the engines, turning around off the rope someone holds it and lets it get pulled out of their hand, I use the starboard side to keep the anchor rope on but it depends on which side you drive from and or can watch the rope come along esiest.


I do the same but pull mine on the Portside so i can watch the rope....
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Capt_Keith wrote:
I do the same but pull mine on the Portside so i can watch the rope....


I'll use either side depending on the waves. I'd rather have them hitting me from the same side of the anchor line I'm dragging. On my boat, easy to see the line from either side.
  
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great info. Thanks for posting all of this useful information!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You guys are absolutely a wealth of information! Thanks!!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I edited my ealier post to include a link to the article that I left out....

DUH!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do the same thing that Dave is doing use a rope off the stern cleat. start off at an angle to the rope and use a gaff to pull the anchor rope to the boat, then put it on the stern cleat rope. With the big boat I always use the port motor if the rope was on the starboard side, that also helped keep it out of a prop
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grouper fishing about 20 yrs ago off Clearwater FL I watched a headboat team ski their anchor behind the boat moving around a hardbottom area several times. They moved three or four times until the "correct" spot was located. No anchor ball used but they were giving anchor line WIDE berth.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bet that was a sight to see. I do not think I would try it off a headboat but I have done it many a time off of a 56 foot sportfish.

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