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Re: Caternary & Chain...
Just use more scope when it gets snotty. 5:1 can be adequate under many conditions, with many anchors, but some really need a shallower shank angle to continue to hold...
I think this data only serves to confirm what Peter Smith has been saying for years, put the weight in the anchor, not the chain....
The less scope you have the easier it is to lift the rode and minimize or nearly eliminate caternary...... The less scope you have the easier it is to shock load deck fittings. The less scope you have means the more elastic your snubber needs to be...
Well yes, but we knew (at least most of should have) this already.
All that we really have learned with this "new" info is that the bad habits we have talked ourselves into because we were on all chain are just excuses to not follow the old rules of anchoring.
Don't blow air up my rear, be useful and blow it at the sails!
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