The moment that your keel kisses Mother Earth, determine the state of the tide and the predicted winds. If the tide is flooding, will you be pushed on or off the danger? If off, heel the boat with a dinghy full of water to expedite the matter, and have a cup of tea. If on, run a kedge anchor from the bow as far into deep water as possible. A long nylon rode can stretch up to 20 percent of its length. If heavily tensioned, this elasticity will help nudge the vessel’s bow around with the lift and fall of each wave. If the tide is ebbing, heel the boat to the uphill side. Lay out protection for the hull, such as old tires or fenders. Close off any potential internal leaks, such as fuel lines to a heater, underwater through-hulls, etc., and check that paint locker to ensure that caustic fluids or noxious fumes are not escaping into the bilge.