Anchoring behind surf zone

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Anchoring behind surf zone

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This summer I'm keen to try anchoring out behind the surf breaks then swimming in for a boogey board along some remote beaches in the NSW south coast.

Most of my of my previous anchoring has been in behind the GBR where swell isn't an issue (but I grew up with surf in SA). In preparation I have upgraded my anchor to an second hand oversize Sarca Excel, 10m chain and 100m of nylon rode. But if I bugger it up the boat goes in the surf and she's lost.

I'm assuming I pick a place with a rolling gentle swell as protected as possible and should expect a couple of hundred metres swim to get in the break?

Anybody do this regularly?
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I've anchored on surf beaches about 3 times, with less than a metre of swell, in waters that were 16 and 19 metres deep. Same set-up: oversized SARCA anchor, 20m of 8mm chain and up to a hundred of rode.
2 years ago I had 4 hours to wait for high tide, but the swell was between 1 & 2m so I decided to tack back and forth for 4 hours instead. Instead of trying to lift at least 30kg of tackle against 2m swells.
Once your rode is hauled in as much as is physically feasible, the best idea it to motor against the set of the anchor, so that it comes out more or less vertically. You could motor into the waves a bit, pull in more rode & make it fast, then motor into the waves again until the anchor breaks out, then keep going toward deeper water, when you should be able to bring it all on board, because it is now vertical. It saves your back, using the motor. Swell action also breaks out an anchor, if the rode is more or less taut.

The problem is that the sea always has swells, and if you plan to boogey board, those same swells will give you a hernia as you haul in the anchor. You're pulling at least one or 2 tonne against the sea bed.
To save losing a nice and expensive anchor, tie a buoy to its crown, as if you were to pull it up backwards from that buoy and its rope.
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4 hours on the end of a taunt anchor line in a rolling swell is a an unpleasant outcome.

Thank you for all your points and I haven't got the greatest lower back so I might now start low and ease into it with kayak surfing off the boat as you use a lot smaller wave.
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Id choose something like Palmy where you can drop the pick on the south end in a SouEasterly set and be pretty much out of it, the kids can swim in very small swell or in the pool and you can dial in surf as you go north out of the lee of the headland.
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It was only the Whisundays but we anchored several times in exposed waters. Problem was the current would take charge of the keel and the wind would take charge of the hull, the result of about five beam on rolls, then about five bow on into the wind. Most unpleasant.
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Yes, I think sheltering behind a headland then walking across a spit is a much better option. If the weather allows it (there are currently strong wind warnings, will just linger in the Clyde River if this continues), I am planning to beat to Boulee this weekend. Hide in lee of Broulee Island , then walk across the spit to possibly best surf on NSW south coast.
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I have always wanted to do that at Broulee. We have launched at Moruya a few times and sailed to Batey or Bermy (once).
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I look forward to the review.
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Bloke on facebook just did it. :shock:
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impulse wrote: Oct 20th, '21, 16:48 Bloke on facebook just did it. :shock:
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I was asked for a quick write up.

Well we surfed last weekend but not on a boogie board. Surfed south under kite, surfed N with a strong wind warning and 3m sea, once seeing 9.5kts under motor at half throttle, no sails. A bit rough and had the ultralong leg sailpro come out of the water three times, which it's never done before.

Sunshine, escaped Canberra dreariness and had a bit of excitement, it was excellent.
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