The end of the rode should be tied to a hardpoint on the boat. If you have an all-chain rode, you should use a long enough piece of rope to connect it to the boat that you can cut the rope without having to reach into the chain locker... reaching into a chain locker with a chain rode under tension is a good way to lose fingers.
I would recommend using a towboat hitch. These can be tied with out a bitter end and are fairly easy to release, even under a heavy load. With a chain rode, you might look at investing in a chain stopper as an option.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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