Maybe I should have titled this ‘anchoring 101’. A week or so ago, we had our first overnight anchoring experience. It went well. But we did learn some things in the process like avoid getting to your destination at dark. That’s a no brainer. We knew this already. But as luck was not on our side that night, we ran aground just before dark, causing us to find an anchoring spot in the dark. Fortunately we had followed the rules and came into the area at low tide, so that as the tide came in, it lifted us off. There were some folks at the nearby marina sitting out on their boats watching the sunset that had seen our predictiment and offered their help over the VHF radio. They were very helpful and didn’t make us feel like fools. That’s the way sailors are.
I have found that I tend to cook during stressful situations. I’m not sure why I do that. Maybe because it takes my mind off things. After finally getting unstuck, we worked together dropping the anchor. I held the spot light and shined it on the marker ahead of us, while keeping the boat behind us in view from time to time. We dropped the anchor, ate dinner and checked many times to make sure we weren’t dragging the anchor before finally going to bed.
Next morning, we woke up right where we were supposed to be. That’s always a good thing. Now to enjoy the scenery. Sitting on the back of the boat, lookin out my back door, drinking coffee and watching the dolphin come around. I never get tired of seeing the dolphin swim by our boat, and hear them blow out as they surface. I had never seen so many dolphin at once and I was loving it. Keith decided to do some rowing in the dinghy to get some exercise and check out the area. Then he came back and got me so I could try out some dinghy fishing. I was not successful. But it was still fun. The weather that day was perfect. Our plan was to only anchor over night but since it was so nice, we decided to stay a few more nights. That meant enduring the storm the next day. Storms are going to happen, and you try to avoid them if you can. We didn’t think this storm was going to be too bad. And we were right. It was intense for a bit, but passed fairly quickly. And the sunset that night was amazing. We never get tired of sunsets. They seem so much nicer living on the water, or maybe its because we are less stressed and can enjoy them more.
It was good practice for us to anchor. It reminded me that I can do better conserving water, and reducing my trash, as well as reminding me that if I wanted electricity, I would have to fire up the generator. Its amazing how quickly you can get used to not having everyday comforts. I didn’t seem to miss turning on the tv, or heaven forbid, the hair dryer. We have lights and can cook without having to start the generator, but to charge iPads and the laptop we needed the generator. I’m sure our boat neighbors were grateful we had a honda. Its very quiet for generators.
So our plan is to go and do it all over again. Maybe this time without the running aground part. And hopefully getting there when its still light. We plan on doing it for a month this time. Its good practice for us, plus it saves us dock fees for a month. We plan on taking our bicycles with us so we can use the city dock and ride our bikes on Jekyll island. We can always dinghy over for stuff like ice, milk and laundry and of course wifi. Maybe next time I will do better with my fishing. We just might starve if I don’t figure out something and quick!