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ABC of Lockdown – U for Underwater

We were anchored in about 30ft/10m of water and had put out all our anchor chain 60m. We did countless 360 degree turns around the anchor in shifting winds. The first 40 m of chain were laying in the sand and did get “scrubbed” by the sandy bottom regularly. But the other more or less 20m of chain that were suspended in the water built up a complete marine ecosystem in the time of three months. We had sponges, barnacles, mussels, oysters, corals, crabs, gooseneck barnacles, algae and other marine creatures growing between the links of the chain. A couple of week more at anchor and we were opening an oyster farm.

Impressive how fast nature tries to take over & this also explains better why cleaning the hulls on a regular basis was so important.


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