Arwen's meanderings

Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog. My name is Steve and I am the lucky owner of a John Welsford designed 'navigator' named Arwen. I built her over three years with the help of my father, father-in-law and two children. She was launched in August 2007 at Queen Anne's Battery marina in the Barbican area of Plymouth. This blog is a record of our voyages together around SW England.
Arwen has an associated YouTube channel so visit to find our most recent cruises together.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Dinghy anchoring

Some time ago I was given an anchor buddy as a present. I've been meaning to try it out for some time. Essentially it is a long bungee cord that you attach to your anchor and anchor rode. It stretches about four times its length and allows you to pull your dinghy offshore for a temporary beach stop. In the past I have used the anchor on the edge of the side deck, pulled in by a trip line. Explains all the scratches on Arwen's deck and coaming. So I thought I'd give it a try. Here is the first part of my vlog on using the anchor buddy. I split the video in two because it would have been too long otherwise. part 2 next week.


Paul Mullings said...

An anchor buddy in my part of the world is a weight lowered down the warp to alter the angle of pull thus enabling the pick to dig in!

steve said...

Same over hear but this bungee is actually called an anchor buddy and it seems to be popular in the States........confusing but I felt I needed to use its trade/marketing name - personally I'd call it an elastic band anchor warp - but doesn't trip off the tongue so well - but that is essentially what it is