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anchor systems - length of chain?
There''s an article addressing anchor chain in this month''s issue of Nor''Easter - it recommends a minimum of 30'' of chain.
I go by the rule of thumb Jeff H mentioned, chain at least as long as the boat, but I prefer a total scope of 10x the normal max. water depth, with the assumption that eventually Ill have to anchor deeper than Id like. (got stuck behind St Catherines Sound once, only place to anchor was in 30'' in strong currents and high crosswinds, and almost every foot of the 220'' rode on the primary and 170'' on the secondary was needed to stay in place)