drop anchor so you stay pointed out and to keep from getting side to
Bingo, been there...sounds like you have too...but it was in a narrow channel (St Jeromes)and not the surf/ocean.If you can get your anchor to stick, bring the boat to the anchor, throw the anchor as far as possible, and repeat process.
be happy you are drifting towards shore.What do you do for safety when your engine dies in the ocean and you slowly are drifting to shore? I just had a bad dream.:eek2:
HEY that's no way to speak about my wife....In addition to getting an anchor out, I would add put lifejackets on everyone, get your flares and your ditch bag, go over safety procedures and get on the radio.
sometimes you can appease the Sea Gods by throwing the ditch bag overboardHEY that's no way to speak about my wife....
OHHHHHHHHHH you said DITCH bag....my mistake
Now that is an interesting piece of information. I would think a 27' Grady with the wind resistance of a hardtop would be totally unmanageable in even a slight wind.A heavy duty paddle should be carried onboard.You can paddle a boat fairly well. Maybe not far but enough to avoid it hitting something or going into the breakers.
Man....you guys are really making a big deal about having the engine stop.....If you are in a really bad spot like a shipping lane,near the shore and your boat is drifting toward shore .Anchor the boat as fast as you can have someone on the radio while you are setting the anchor Say Maday ,mayday,mayday,this is the vessel ?????? we are located at ?????????? we are in danger of ?????? do this on channel 16 repeat this 3 times every minute until you get a response from the C.G. Speak clearly and slow enough for the operater to write it down.Put on life jackets and put a die marker in the water,Get your flair kit,Pull your E perb cord,and press the red button on your VHF.Put your lights on and have someone put your chart plotter in the anchor watch mode so an alarm goes off if you get slippage.Hope this helps.