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post #7 of Old 05-14-2002
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Anchoring, chain diameter is a big difference?

Back to the issue first presented. Is it better to size up the chain/rode over the manufacturer''s recommendations? I have chosen to get a 16.5# Bruce for my Dana as the primary anchor. She will be in sheltered anchorages, and the Bruce should sit nicely on the bow roller, and 16.5# should be manageable for the deck crew who has no windlass. I see a 1/4" chain-3/8" rode recommendation for this anchor, but my inclination is to go with 5/16 chain and a 1/2" rode(or even a 5/8 inch double braided rode). Is there any reason not to size up?
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