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Old 10-18-2009
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Chain anchor rode length

We are within a year of begining our circumnavgation. Most of the systems on our old Ericson 35 have been rebuilt/replaced, the latest being the addition of a Maxwell windlass. The next step is the purchase of 5/16 hi-test anchor chain. The question: HOW MUCH?? Our anchoring ground will vary from leaving Southern California, to the standard stops on an around the world trip of ten years (the wildest current guess). From what I've been able to read and gather, anchoring in up to 80' may be inevitable. A half keg of chain is 270' (what I have now, just some oddball size that doesn't seem to match anything else manufactured in the world). Along with 250' of octabraid on the main, I'm hoping that will be sufficient. The old chain will be used for the stern anchor (at least the 200' that is still not too corroded). Any advice from those that have been?
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