Looking for the steps you take to prevent/limit the amount your boat swings while at anchor in high winds. I've driven small boats for decades, but my Kingfisher is the first boat I've ever owned. As such, it's also the first boat I've owned and used for camping/hunting trips. No need to cover "how to" anchor as I've got that covered. My problem came up this past week during a hunting trip that turned into a survival trip with a smidgen of hunting.
After getting to the area by boat, I anchored in the same spot that I have before. However, I then endured three sleepless nights when the weather pattern shifted from the original forecast. Winds at night climbed to around 20-30mph with gusts to 50. My boat wouldn't settle with the bow straight into the wind. It would regularly swing back-and-forth from port and then starboard. At times it would swing so far that the boat was almost perpendicular to the wind. The anchor line would groan each time at the strain, and then the rebound off the stressed line would start the bow off in the other direction. We got out of there after the third night and returned to port before the next front came through the next day.
I don't want to focus much on the hunt since the focus of this is to hear what you guys do to make your boat settle bow into the wind. I carry a spare anchor/line/chain, and I could have used it to anchor the stern (which I've read about). However, I've never done that and decided it wasn't wise to try something new in the rough conditions since the tidal swing was 8-9ft, and I know that anchoring a boat's stern needs to be done correctly for safety's sake. I also doubt I need to use a full size danforth anchor on the stern.
Please share your solutions. I made it through this last event by remaining alert, but I don't ever want to do that again if I can help it. No time like the present to prepare for the next outting.