re: Anchor rode keeps wrapping around fin keel - can we prevent it?
Do some searching for anchor kellets. I have about 5lbs of lead tied to a piece of paracord. I clip the weights to my rode with a large carabiner, and let them out far enough so that the weight will be below my keel when the rode goes slack, but not quite on the bottom so that the rode gets held down vertically. Then you can spin over your rode and not get tangled.
I don't have a ton of experience with it, but I think it's a pretty old school technique. Here's an account of how it worked for me:
The Storm at Myers Hole | Sailing Fortuitous
There should be plenty of info around. (There are also a lot of other claims about kellets that I don't necessarily believe, but they're good at this one thing for sure).
My Boat Log, or "blog" if you will:
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Last edited by chip; 10-14-2013 at 08:55 PM.