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Any vessel flying this fine burgee has passed the Anchorage Association Anchoring and Safety check.

It means the vessel has met the 4 standards of

1. Yearly ground tackle check

2. Up-to-date Coast Guard or DMV registration

3. Seaworthiness and all that entails.

4. Waste is managed through Pump Out service or a Coast Guard recognized human waste management system for vessels in coastal waters.

Our 2018 Burgee

  1. 1.    Practice proper seamanship.

  2. 2.    If you don’t know what you are doing, or don’t feel confident, ask for help from someone that knows.

  3. 3.    Your groundtackle must be appropriate for your boat.

  4. 4.    Groundtackle must not be caught up in the weeds and eelgrass.

  5. 5.    Danforth-style fluke anchors are the most recommended anchor for the mud and clay of Richardson Bay. High Tensile strength is superior. It will say HT on the side. For instance 40’ boat, 40lb Danforth.

  6. 6.    A 2 anchor system is recommended, 1 from south, one from NW.

  7. 7.    10:1 ratio. 

  8. 8.    5/16” or greater chain, as appropriate for your vessel. Grade BBB, G3, G4, or greater.

  9. 9.    100’ chain minimum per anchor.

  10. 10.  Coming up to a swivel, then 20-30’ heavy chain, and 10’ of at least 1” rope and chafing gear.

  11. 11.  Groundtackle is maintained at a minimum yearly basis, and inspected by a qualified diver, prior to storm season.

  12. 12.  Chafing gear is set up coming off the pendant going to your boat.

  13. 13.  Properly seized shackles.

  14. 14.  All your groundtackle gear in is good condition.

How’s your groundtackle?

Outlined here are some guidelines for recognized and proven anchoring practices for the Richardson Bay.

If you need help with assessing or setting your ground tackle, finding a qualified diver,

or need help purchasing key anchoring materials, you can reach out to someone in the Anchorage Association and they can put you in contact with someone.

Diagrams to come...

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