Re: Operating a P-15 from the cockpit
Thu, 5 Aug 1999 11:34:48 EDT

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West Wight Potter Website at URL
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In a message dated 8/5/99 10:11:59 AM Eastern Daylight Time,

<< heavy anchor mounted on the bow pulpit >>

And in an emergency you will drop everything, climb up on cabin top, skip
over all lines (without getting caught) and run to bow to untie, untangle,
wrangle and drop anchor while your motor races to burn itself lifted out of
water by your weight on bow?

Would it not be safer in floor by cockpit hatch where you can reach, grab and
launch without leaving cockpit. There is no law that says you have to carry
the anchor at bow location or bust a gut rushing up there to untie it so you
can drop it...

I have a P19 and keep the stupid thing (Danforth of course!) in cabin under
cockpit near hatch. In an emergency I would not like to run fwd with sails
up, tangle with jib sheets, fall overboard dangling head down from jib sheet
while trying to launch the stupid anchor (prior experience) just because I
was dumb enough to listen to a bunch of sailors that never use their

It sure is a lot easier to reach inside cockpit pull dang thing out, untangle
it and throw it out stern. Voila! no need to be a circus clown... Another way
is to run line to bow roller and back to cabin. That way when you need the
anchor it is close by (in cabin near hatch) and you can dump it over side and
adjust line from stern (assuming it holds on first try...)

Doing things the hard way must be a Potter thing...

Hope you reconsider...

Best wishes