Anchoring: A Ground Tackler’s Apprentice is exactly what its title proclaims — and a little more. The knowledge that Rudy and Jill Sechez impart comes from years of living aboard and cruising a 34-foot sail-assisted wooden trawler of their own design and build. Beyond the hows and whys of choosing and deploying ground tackle, the authors present their tried-and-true concepts on such topics as the “paradox of stretch” in rope, the type of bottom and modifications in scope that each demands, and myths and misconceptions about anchoring. The writing is technically detailed but presented in a comprehensible style.
Anchoring: A Ground Tackler's Apprentice
By Rudy and Jill Sechez
Ever wonder about...
- How to throw a rope
- The paradox of stretch in rope
- Whether chain is really necessary
- The silent dangers of using rope that is too small
- If there is such a thing as too much scope
- Swivels -- should I or shouldn't I
- How not to use tandem anchors
- Whether there is more to preventing chafe than using firehose
- The conundrum of bridles
- Anchors for soft (mud) bottoms
- Plus much more!
Jill and Rudy Sechez first began cruising in 1997 aboard a 36-foot wood, cutter-rigged sailboat that they built in a small backyard. They currently live and cruise aboard a 34-foot sail-assisted wood trawler, which they designed, then built under the trees out in the woods. Relevant to this book, they have seen their boats successfully through seven hurricanes, anchoring through five of them, in addition to numerous tropical storms and countless gales. They cruise primarily the east coasts of the U.S., Gulf of Mexico and the Bahamas, with a trip to Bermuda along the way.