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Carribean anchor Selection
The logic of HT chain is that 24/7 you are putting less weight in the bow for a given available length of chain rode, the boat sails better, yet you have a much higher breaking strength available when the conditions get truly lousy. We could all wonder about the reverse absence of logic: why would you buy heavier chain that that burdens the boat but is weaker?
No doubt about it: HT chain provides SOME less catenary to the rode system - that and its cost are therefore the ''price'' one pays for that choice. OTOH you have numerous options for addressing the catenary (more scope, carry more chain to begin with because HT chain is lighter, use a sentinel, use an ''anti-sentinel'' - buoying the rode, double anchors on a single rode and putting down a 2nd anchor).
Either chain choice is a valid one, depending on financial, anchoring and boat-related circumstances. But the logic for HT chain is apparent, I think.