Fetching the Anchor

We're swinging on the hook while receiving bunkers. I'm back in the heat. I knew it would be hot. Knowing it would be hot and being HOT are two very, very different things. Because I needed to be on the bow for hours and hours this morning I decided to take some photos of my sweat puddles.

I took some photos of the anchor too.

Also, because I love my father (and I finally have a few seconds to spare) I took a photo of our mooring line winches.

Pops, this is how it works. This is called a split drum. There are two parts of the drum - the storage side (where you see all the line now) and the working side (which is currently empty). When we send our lines out to a shoreside bit or bollard we pay it out off the storage side of the drum. Then, we push it over so that just the part that is going to be coming up tight is on the working side of the drum. If we didn't do that the line would take up tension and it would get stuck into the other line on the drum. If you move it onto the working side of the drum it's very important that you only have one row of 'wraps'. This means that when the line is truly tight it is up against metal not up against a bunch more line. Once the line gets 'buried' in the other wraps it basically means that if you pay out or take up you are still making the line tighter. I'm not sure if I explained this very well but, needless to say the goal is to get one row of wraps on the working side of the drum so that when the line is under tension it doesn't get buried. Getting buried is BAD.

Since we're having a little lesson: When the anchor is 'snagged' on the bottom you say it's 'fetched'. Just thought I'd impart some vocab.

Hope all you Nautie Friends are gearing up to enjoy your weekend! Have some summer fun for me!