The Beaufort Debaucle

Explore Beaufort = check

Meet fellow cruisers = check

Spend a sleepless night at anchor because of the crazy current = check

Good weather window = check

So, we’re ready to take off for our first night passage from Beaufort to Wrightsville Beach. We plan to be under weigh by 5pm so we start prepping the boat at four o’clock and are pulling the anchors up by 4:30pm. We think – great! We are ahead of schedule and all is good.




I hear the windlass (windlass is the machine the that pulls up the anchors) start to work REALLY hard and then stop. ¬†Stephane looks back at me. I’m in the cockpit at the helm. I ask him, “Forward? Reverse?”. He says, “Just shut it off.”




So, apparently, the day before, we managed to drop our anchor in an anchor graveyard. When pulling our anchor up, it pulled up about ten different anchors, one of which looks like it was from the 1800s…


The rats nest of anchors.


What to do? The anchor is hopelessly wrapped up in all of the other anchors. With the help of two good samaritan boaters, some boat hooks and a lot of pushing and pulling, we are able to break free!! Not the most confidence-boosting way to start your first night passage but we forged ahead, not wanting to drop anchor in Beaufort again!!





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    • Chad on October 28, 2014 at 6:45 pm
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    Your website is awesome! You must have one strong windlass to be able to lift all that hardware.

    • Tom L on October 29, 2014 at 10:45 am
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    Put the extra ones on Ebay!! tom

    • Phyllis on October 31, 2014 at 4:12 pm
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    Oh, the things that you would never expect. I bet the boat wouldn’t of drifted far!

    • David B on November 7, 2014 at 6:02 am
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    Hopefully someone roaped it and attached a bouy for a fixed anchor in that harbor. Next time tell Stephan pull it up by hand, tell him that’s how real sailors do it!

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