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How to anchor at a beach with Alistair McGlashan | Club Marine

August 25, 2019

Al McGlashan: So one of the great things of
having a boat is obviously you get to go fishing, spend time in the water, but you can also
pull up on a beach and go for a swim. After a big day’s fishing there’s nothing
my boys like more than going for a swim. Al McGlashan: Putting your boat on a beach. It’s pretty easy, but there’s a couple of
rules you have to follow. First and it’s absolute paramount, assess
the situation. Now, other boats, swell, tide, that sort of
stuff. Tide’s probably pretty important on a running
up tide, you don’t wanna sit right on the beach. On a running tide you can, so you really need
to know the tide. Al McGlashan: Secondly, when you’re coming
in, you want to check your depth. Obviously it varies and beaches change over
time. So even if you’ve been to that beach before,
come in very slowly watching your sounder, watching visually. A pair of Polaroid sunglasses are really important
for you. Al McGlashan: So you can see there might be
a bommie there, play it safe, go slowly. The idea is that when you actually anchor
on a beach is that what we’re going to do is drop the anchor out and then slowly drift
back in. Now, you don’t wanna go to close to the beach,
’cause you don’t wanna end in the breakers. You need to monitor it at all times. Al McGlashan: Once you’ve assessed the situation,
the next thing is we’re gonna drop the anchor. Now it’s really important to understand the
different sorts of anchors. If you’re anchoring in mud or sand you need
a plough anchor. It’s that simple. Al McGlashan: So you use a plough anchor. Anything that digs into the mud or the sand
or the clay is perfect for this job. As for the old reef anchor, leave it at home. Al McGlashan: I had to get my deck hands up
the front, ’cause if they wanna go for a swim, they’ve also gotta do some work. They’re gonna prepare the anchor. Al McGlashan: So it’s un-clipped, make sure
there’s no tangles in the line, and that way I can say on the wheel if something goes wrong. Al McGlashan: You can see there we’re coming
in now to fathom, which is basically two meters. Al McGlashan: Tom are you ready to go? Tom: Yep! Al McGlashan: It’s really important that you
communicate. I know he’s ready now. So what we’re gonna do now is turn the boat
into the sea. The same time I’m monitoring my sounder at
all times, and then we’re slowly gonna bring it in on the beach. Al McGlashan: Now I just turn the boat around
slowly. Tom, you good? Tom: Yeah. Al McGlashan: Okay. I’m out of gear, let it go, mate. Al McGlashan: Okay so now while he’s letting
it out slowly, to help him I’m gonna go in reverse. I’m monitoring my sounder to make sure it’s
deep enough and I’m going reverse. So at the same time I’m looking back to make
sure it’s safe. Al McGlashan: So, now Tom’s letting it out. As I’m going back, I’m trimming the engine
up a little bit. The more rope I have out, the better it’s
gonna grip. So I’ve got a good set of chain. Al McGlashan: So Tom is it pulling in tight? Tom: Yep. Al McGlashan: Okay, tie her off, mate. Al McGlashan: So now, I’ve got a run out tide,
so I’ve kept the boat deliberately a couple of meters, eight, ten meters off the beach
because we know the tide’s going out we’ll be monitoring the sounder. I’ve got about a meter of water underneath
me here at the moment. Al McGlashan: Once the anchor is secure, just
spend a couple of minutes just assessing the situation. A, Make sure the anchor is dug in properly,
and B, that your drift is still what you thought it’d be, ’cause sometimes you might be sitting
sideways to the beach. Al McGlashan: And of course, monitor the sounder
that you haven’t got too shallow. So now, it’s time for the kids to go for a
swim. Tom: Two, one, go!

1 Comment

  • Reply Joseph Zeto September 7, 2016 at 2:45 am

    Not bad. It would have been helpful if you explained how much anchor rode to put out.

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