We are currently cruising our Islander Freeport 36 sailboat in Mexico. We have been extensively documentating our Islander Freeport outfitting for this adventure. We will now be reporting what of our outfitng is of value, what works and what is not of value.
We have a stern anchor setup for our FX-16
with 5\16 chain, spliced to 6 plait line. The chain is about two sizes too big
for the FX-7. We put out about 60’ of scope and we dragged overnight. There
were boats stern anchored on each side of us. We up-anchor and put the FX-16
back on the rode and used it.
Buoy hole drilled in Fortress FX-16 anchor.
set the stern anchor we have set the bow anchor with all our rode out, about
285’ and then with the boat powered in reverse we drop the stern anchor and put
the boat in neutral. As we get pulled forward we let out stern scope. This
seems to work OK but there are a couple problems with it.
1.We do not back down well to
where we want to be. Ours is an old Islander Freeport and to back down in a
straight line takes, well you just about cannot, not with any wind or sea
state. So to get the boat pointed where you want it to be while anchored bow
and stern you really need to use the dinghy to drop the stern anchor where you
Drilling hole in winter clothes :)
Hole drilled in Fortress FX-16 and clip for buoy line shown.
2. We have 285’ of rode but only 10’ of chain on it at this time. We ae upgrading this to 60’ of chain this summer but for now we
have only 10’. So to set and hold we need 7.1 scope at the bow. This leaves us
with about 60’ scope on the stern anchor. With the mis-match rode set up on the
stern the FX-7 does not hold well.
We anchored at La RopaBeach in Zihuatanejo where you need a stern anchor. The water is cleaner and it
is quieter, but a long dinghy ride.
So we used the FX-16 this
last time and we had some winds in the 25 knot range and rolling seas coming
into the anchorage. The winds were on our beam putting a lot of strain on our
ground tackle. The tackle held fine though and with boats on both side of us
this was good. Then we had to retrieve the stern anchor (FX-16). This was not
easy. We tried to make an anchor lift with a buoy and clip but it
would not work. I also tried pulling it out with the dinghy and by hand but no
go. The stern anchor was in by a resort's swim ropes and near shore. This made
it a bit difficult using the boat to pull the Fortress FX-16 out of the bottom. Debbie
and I did fine though. We always put a buoy on our stern anchor. Let’s folks
know not to drop their hook there and that we are stern anchored.
To up that FX-16 we had to
un-tie the stern rode from the boat and put a buoy on it also and drop it in
the bay. Then we upped the bow anchor and came around and picked up the buoy
with the stern rode on it. Then hauled it in and tied it off tight when on top
of the Fortress FX-16 Fortress anchor. Then we pulled it out as you would to unset an anchor. This was rather close to the surf line and swim floats.
So to fix or just make it
easier, Debbie suggested we will flip the stern rode around and buy some 3\16
chain for the Fortress FX-7 and then we can use it. With 90-100’ of scope on it the FX-7
would work great we think. Also we should be able to pull it out with the
dinghy and either re-set it if the swell changes of just to up-anchor. So with 60’
of new chain added to the 285’ of 8 plait anchor rode we should be able to pull
in on the stern rode while letting out the bow rode and retrieve it that way.
So there are the
To make the buoy on the
stern anchor easier to set up we are drilling holes in the mud flukes of the Fortress anchors so we can just clip it on. We currently tie it around the top
of the anchor.
Then we anchored at Princapal
anchorage, Madera beach where you do not need a stern anchor. We used our other rode for here as it is more of a crowded anchorage. We used 60' 3\8 BBB chain with 100' 3 strand rode (what is left of our old rode after cutting away bad chain). This way we can short scope it 5:1 and we do not swing in such a wide radius.