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Sailors, please help me understand this?

Could you please try and explain what is going on in this passage?

"Two anchors were clipped to the deck, a Danforth and a CQR plow-type, both slightly oversized. He tossed the Danforth over first, then signaled for John to ease the wheel to Port. When the boat had moved perhaps fifty feet south, he dropped the CQR over the side as well. Both ropes were already set to the proper lengths, and after checking that all was secure, he made his way back to the flying bridge."

So obviously this is all about anchoring a boat. Well according to the book it's a motor yacht. I just can't seem to visualize what's going on here.. how does anchoring work? Well from the sound of it he's setting the anchor from the bow of the boat to stop it from moving. But what if the wind blows from behind the boat, stern etc? Isn't that going to push the boat forward?

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  • 9 months ago
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    He moves the boat to Port to put tension on the first anchor set to his starboard. He then drops the second and puts tension on it. Think of two points, each connected with a line (the anchor line) to the boat. The boat is on a plane (water's surface) that is perpendicular to the plane created by the two anchor lines. If the wind shifts, the boat will turn (as long as the anchors do not give way).

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  • 9 months ago

    They were connected at the docks

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  • Bill
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    9 months ago

    That is why he used two anchors.

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