After a month In a slip at Le Marin Marina in Martinique, we left yesterday for our next sailing adventure. We anchored out near Ste Anne in 20 feet and 20-30 knot winds. We set the anchor (or thought we did!), let out a lot of scope (7:1), and set the anchor alarm. We had dinner and went to bed.
I was awakened at 2am when the anchor alarm went off. Our anchor was dragging along the bottom. But we were in a huge anchorage with no deep water and no boats in our path so I didn't wake Linda. At daybreak, we pulled up the anchor and what a surprise to find the anchor tangled up in an old lobster cage. We had either anchored on top of it--or grabbed it as we dragged across the bottom.
Below is what you want to see when you check the anchor alarm after say, a few hours. It shows the place where the anchor is located and it shows a track of where the boat is and has been. In this case, the boat is drifting along a line restricted by the anchor from moving any further back (to the left) and away from where we originally dropped the anchor. This screenshot was taken several hours after we re-anchored this morning. The anchor is holding.
Below is what you DON'T want to see. This screenshot shows that the anchor is dragging. The boat has moved from right to left in this case over about 200 meters over several hours. The alarm went off about 2am when the boat got outside the circle. We later learned the anchor couldn't hold because we had picked up the old lobster cage--and the wind was howling at 20-30 all night pushing our 17 ton boat out to sea. The anchor alarm is an app we downloaded from the Apple App Store. This is called Anchor. Another popular app is called Drag Queen. 😎
Tomorrow we head north. We'll stay overnight in St Pierre, Martinique, and then cross the channel to Dominica. We'll stay there a few days. It is supposed to be one of the most beautiful islands with mountains, waterfalls, and lush tropical forests. Stay tuned.
Rick and Linda Grimes bought a sailboat and left the U S of A for the Caribbean in 2015.