The next couple chapters will delve into what went wrong and what could have been done. Just on the basis of this chapter, the lessons are:
- Always listen to the weather reports, even if you're not planning on going anywhere.
- Always watch your barometer.
- Choose a berth with plenty of room to swing without fouling adjacent vessels' berths.
- Be assertive in defending your berth from those who would anchor too close.
- Develop the seamanship and keep your boat prepared to leave any anchorage under sail.
- Refill on fuel as soon as you arrive.
- Use a fairlead that closes over the top of the chain or rode, so that it can't be yanked free and start doing damage to the pulpit if a rough swell develops at anchor.
- Wear a harness and clip in when working on deck in rough seas, even if it's at anchor.