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Old 05-01-2006
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Rode - adding length with extra lengths of line

A question from a long time day sailor now venturing into cruising:

I will be anchoring a 31', 10,500 pound displacement sloop.

The rode I have is 50' of 1/4" high test with spliced on 200' of 1/2" nylon. Got two 150' 1/2" gold-n-braid anchorlines with nylon thimble (on sale.)

Could I tie the 1/2" nylon and the two 150' lengths of Gold-N-Braid together make a rode long enough to anchor in deeper water? (In a protected anchorage, no gale force winds.)

Quoting from "The Morrow Guide to Knots":
"Never use two ropes of different materials together, as only the more rigid rope with work under the strain."
"A knot uniting two ropes reduces the strength of the unit to about half that of the weaker rope."

Until I can invest in a completely new, longer rode, is this a workable solution?

Thanks in advance to all with info/advice to share.
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