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A couple of questions for you:

1) What kind of anchor are you using?
2) What is the draft of your boat?

The reason I am asking, is I am trying to figure out whether the anchor or the rode is going to be the weak point of your ground tackle system. I'm also trying to see how shallow the water you anchor in can be...

With 250' of primary rode, the chain and 1/2" nylon, at a 10-to-1 scope, you can anchor in about 20' of water, with 5' of freeboard to the bow roller. At a 7-to-1 scope, you can anchor in 30' of water, with 5' of freeboard to the bow roller. Do you see yourself anchoring in anything deeper on a regular basis? What area do you sail in? In most of East Coast of the USA, with the possible exception of Maine, that would be plenty for most anchorages. The West Coast of the USA generally requires longer rodes, and deeper anchorages as I recall.

I am guessing that the 1/2" line on the anchor rode is three-strand nylon, but you don't say specifically. The Gold-n-Braid is braided nylon. Using a knot is a really bad idea, as it does really weaken the strength of the entire rode.

It also sounds as if your anchor rode is really a bit on the light side for cruising. Generally, if you're cruising, going a bit heavier on the ground tackle is a good idea. From Sail Magazine's 1997 Buyer's Guide:

Anchor Weight Guide

BOAT SIZE ANCHOR WEIGHT
Length(ft) Weight(lbs) Bruce(lbs) Danforth*(lbs) Fortress(lbs) Plow(lbs) Yachtsman(lbs)

20-25 2,500 4.4 8-S, 5-H** 4 10 15
26-30 5,000 11 13-S, 12-H 7 15 25
31-35 10,000 11/16.5 22-S, 12-H 7/10 20 35-40
36-40 15,000 16.5 22-S, 20-H 10 25 50
41-45 20,000 22 40-S, 20-H 15 35 65
46-50 30,000 22/44 65-S, 35-H 21 45 75
51-60 50,000 44 85-S, 60-H 32 60 100

Anchor Rode Guide

BOAT SIZE ANCHOR RODE
Length (ft) Weight (lbs) Chain (dia.-inch) Nylon (dia.-inch) Length (ft)

20-25 2,500 3/16 7/16 90
26-30 5,000 1/4 7/16 135
31-35 10,000 5/16 1/2 190
36-40 15,000 3/8 9/16 225
41-45 20,000 7/16 5/8 240
46-50 30,000 1/2 11/16 315
51-60 50,000 9/16 3/4 360

*Danforth is a registered trademark. Similar-style anchors may differ significantly in
performance. **S indicates standard anchor; B indicates high-tensile anchor

Last edited by sailingdog; 05-01-2006 at 04:04 PM.
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