Engineer Matters
Wednesday March 29, 2017


windlassWe were in the Cook Island, where the anchorages are not very good, very extreme in some places, and were anchored off one of the atolls in about

100 ft of water, with about
400–500 ft of chain out during the day.
We dragged a little.

Seeing as there was nothing around, only deep water, we were not too concerned.
Then it came time to haul anchor and move on; we began the process, the deck crew engaged the windlass and started to haul anchor.
However, during the dragging the anchor had slid off the coral shelf and was basically hanging straight down. So if you do some rough calculations we had 400–500 ft of one-inch (approx) link chain and a 1,000-lb anchor hanging down ... a lot of weight!

More than the windlass hydraulics were rated for!
So the captain, 1st mate and I got together and threw a number of ideas around (everything from dive lift bags). We even attempted to run back into shallow waters, which the seabed would not co-operate with.

In the end we used our forward deck crane, a diver, the windlass, heavy lifting equipment and about eight of our crew. The whole process took about 11/2 hours of lifting 50 ft of chain each time. All was done very cautiously, very safely and very successfully.

Chief Engineer Scotty Angelo

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Questions of the Month

- Why an additional paragraph social media policy should be added to the crew contract ?

- Why many experienced captains are never given a chance to get a position on a 30+ m ?

- What is really covering your yacht crew member insurance ?

- During the season, is there enough time for safety drills and training ?

- Can Captains count on duty crew members at dock in case of emergency ?



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