Jul 5, 2021 Brad Stephenson
To deploy the anchor it has a friction nut located on the side of the winch. Back the nut off a fraction, give yourself about a metre or so of chain and nip the friction nut back up. If someone has pulled the anchor in hard and tight to the top, you can then knock it forward with your foot. Lower the anchor by releasing tension on the friction nut slightly so the anchor lowers slowly. When happy with the amount of anchor and chain deployed, tighten the friction nut firmly but don’t over tighten. Your length of chain deployed should be approximately 3-4 times the depth of water. Eg 5m of water requires at least 15m of anchor chain. Note the length of anchor chain deployed and be sure you will not hit another boat or the shore when spinning around on the anchor as the tide changes. You will spin continually depending on wind and tide movement.” The length of chain can be counted by the number of coloured cable ties on the anchor chain. There is a red cable tie every 5m and a white cable tie every 10m.
To pull the anchor back up, open the electric winch cover. It does not need much pressure to get it working. Place your heel on the top and gently push on the button. If you lower it too fast, the anchor chain can land on the anchor and stop it from burying itself into the riverbed and will not work.
If the anchor gets caught in rocks and cannot be pulled up by the anchor winch, try to motor a little bit further forward over the anchor and try to pull it straight up. Unless you anchor at the beach, the riverbed is dirty especially between Spencer and Brooklyn. So when you pull up the anchor you need to wash the mud off the chain and the deck with the bucket.
The tide is fast on the Hawkesbury and if you want to anchor you have to be prepared to get up in the middle of the night to ensure that the anchor is not going to be pulled out from the change of direction. It is much easier to use a mooring. There are not many moorings between Spencer and Brooklyn. It will take about two hours to get to Refuge Bay.
There is 50m of chain. The river is over 20m deep in some places. We strongly suggest you don’t anchor in these depths. Please anchor in under 10m of water if possible.
When coming up to anchor or a mooring, approach in the same direction as the other boats are pointing, ie with the tide or wind against you acting as a natural brake.
Bad weather – Mooring is much safer and easier, If there is a storm approaching and you are not on a mooring please make your way as fast as safely possible to the nearest protected bay and pickup a mooring.