Originally Posted by swedishjedi
North or South; I guess ideally the most sheltered, so I can get used to it.
I have two anchors and tried over at Priory Bay, but bottled it.
I dropped an anchor "out at sea" and slowly edged towards the beach, but got nervous as to whether anchor had held or not, as well as panicking if will bottom the rib, so gave up as a bad idea.
I hear / read of others "stopping off" at the beach for a BBQ or picnic, so just need to know where and how, to move on to the next stage of my Rib experience!
If you are slightly unsure/nervous about your anchor a good tip is to try it out in a fast flowing estuary/river (knowing the seabed composition) when tide is in flood. You can sit there with engine running either using transits or GPS to check position, you will know if it drags. Also you can drop anchor then reverse to dig it in, you can apply as much power as you can to also see how good/bad it is at holding you. Generally it won't drag if you have enough chain on the anchor and correct length deployed. (6 x Depth). This will then give you confidence when anchoring off a beach with no tide and limited wind (because you want to have a nice day). I did own a 10m Sun Odyssey and slept countless nights anchored in bays surrounded by rocks, first few times with Handheld GPS next to my head on anchor watch then your faith slowly grows in your kit and finally you don't worry any longer. Assume you carry two types of anchor, we carry Bruce and Grapnel both with about 12ft of chain however only a 5.5m RIB.