Goliath

 We are in our 26th day of being a “Cruiser”! Wow!! Time is flying by!!

Happy Cruiser's!!

Happy Cruiser’s!!

Since we enjoy being at anchor, we have spent 15 of our 26 nights on the hook.

 As of today we have 3 instances that stand out, that we feel have given us some proven and worthy bragging rights!!

With that being said , one of our most important pieces of equipment is our ground tackle. It allows us to sleep well and feel secure knowing that Our Way Too! and her crew are not going adrift!

Allow us to introduce you to one of the most important ‘crew’ onboard Our Way Too! 🙂

Goliath - our Giant!!

Goliath – our Giant!!

Goliath is attached to OWT! with 250′ of 5/16″ chain with an additional 75′ of 3/4″ rode. (We plan to upgrade to 3/8″ chain.)

Our first instance was at Cat Island, Mississippi Sound, MS. We anchored in 7′ of water on the southwest side of Shell bank. We had a constant 12-18 knots of wind out of the northeast with rain and cold. We rode the chop comfortably on our bow for a day and a half before we preceded with our travels.

The second instance was Charlotte Harbor, near the twin bridges connecting Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda, FL. We were in 8′ of water near the channel entering Fisherman’s Village. We had a front from the northeast blow in and we experienced a complete 360° wind shift with 12 to 15 knots. FYI…this is in fact as we were sitting in the cockpit observing as the captain was monitoring his weather and wind Apps on his iPad. The anchor had to have swung and reset itself because our drag alarms never went off!

Our third and current instance…we are sitting in Smokehouse Bay anchorage in Marco Island, FL. We arrived yesterday early afternoon expecting a front to come upon us wee hours this morning. They were forecasting 15-20 knots for the next two day’s so we thought we should tuck in safely somewhere. The Gulf of Mexico tends to get unruly with these strong winds! When we arrived the winds picked up to about 10 knots. Then in later evening, the winds died and it was calm as could be. About 1 am the front hit us with full force out of the north at 25-28 knots. Even in this small protected anchorage Our Way Too!  begin her dance.

Wendy & Windy are producing us some good power and our main man Goliath is still holding us secure as the winds are still awhippin’!

We want to extend a grateful and big ‘Thank You’ to our very first sponsor…

Our very 1st Awesome Sponsor!

Our very 1st Awesome Sponsor!

Mantus Anchors!!IMG_2140

We now have a 65 lb, 45 lb, and a 8 lb Mantus anchor onboard along with their newly released Mantus Bracket for our secondary anchor that we stow on our stern rail.

Our 45 lb Mantus Anchor in the bracket on our stern rail.

Our 45 lb Mantus Anchor in the bracket on our stern rail.

The Mantus Chain Hook and universal Deck Key are also onboard Our Way Too! and we will share more about those products later as well!

On our wish list is their Mantus Bridle System, as we are using  an older bridle with the M2 Hook for now. Can’t have everything all at once! 😉

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As you can see Goliath digs in deep!!! So far we have anchored in mud, clay, sand and mud/shell bottoms and had NO PROBLEMS!!

They are NOT kidding when they say “Mantus sets on the first try every single time”.

‘Thank You’ Mantus Anchors for the GREAT products and for being our sponsor!!

Love & Hugs~

Our Way Too! & her Crew

2 Responses to Goliath

  1. Gunther says:

    Hi there,
    One question about the stern rail bracket:
    Where does the chain go? Do you have to detach it every time you store the anchor in it?
    Cheers,
    Gunther

    • Dean & Katie says:

      Hi Gunther, For our size shackle, it is too big to go through the bracket and over the roller. We have our chain readily available in the lazarette next to the bracket so that we can quickly attach to the anchor. Easy access since it’s not our primary anchor.

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