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post #31 of Old 06-27-2013
Brent Swain
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Re: Anchor Setting Woes

I use only about 15 feet of chain outside coral latitudes and have had no reason to change. It has worked for me for the last 40 years of mostly full time cruising. One advantage of using less chain is you can tug on your rode and feel if the anchor is set, something you cant do with al chain rode. If you use a 30 lb kellet of lead( one litre) You can let your anchor hit the bottom, then put the kellet on before letting out more rode. You can do that with several kellets . This enables you to recover them by lifting one at a time, instead of having to lift a lot of weight simultaneously, as you would with chain.

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