7 to 1 scope is a general rule of thumb for an overnight anchorage.
That scope could be increased if conditions warranted.
If you're just fishing, having lunch, not leaving the boat and in calm condtions you just need enough rode to hold you in place...3-1 to 5-1 would probably suffice in good holding ground...
so at 3-1...at 35 feet...add 4 feet for freeboard = 39 ft. ..round it to 40...
40 x 3 = 120' sound better ? ..
As far as pulling up a lot of anchor rode, you use you engine to assist you make way in the direction of the anchor and stop once directly over....then you're really just using muscle to pull the last 40 ft.
...trees stumps always make me nervous..
Last edited by Tempest; 01-05-2010 at 08:37 PM.