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Ankarolina or Quickline Flat Rode System? Opinions?

I am trying to choose which flat rode system I will use on my Endeavour 38cc. I will be installing it(or two if I think I can afford them!) on an aluminum arch on the stern of the boat to be deployed as stern anchors. I am trying to decide between these two products. Has anyone had any experience with either or have an opinion? Thanks!


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I like the idea of the reel for storage, but wouldn't the flat line be tough on the hands?
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I like the idea of the reel for storage, but wouldn't the flat line be tough on the hands?
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You're probably right but it is something that I am willing to deal with for the convenience factor. I'm leaning towards the quickline currently because the reel is stainless steel. I don't know how long the plastic Ankarolina reel would stand up to physical abuse and sunlight.
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Wouldn't use either of those products for an important anchor line. If you're just using it to steady the boat or shorten the swing radius..that's one thing, but neither of them is worth a damn in a storm. BTW, they're basically lying in their advertising. The Ankarolina text says:

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With an 6600 lb rating, its just as strong as 1/2" or even 5/8" line!
5/8' Three-strand from New England Ropes has a breaking strength of 12,200 lbs. and their 1/2" three-strand has a breaking strength of 7,500 lbs. Flat line is probably even more susceptible to chafe problems, since a greater percentage of the threads are exposed, due to the greater surface area of the flat line. It also probably doesn't knot as well as regular rope, and certainly can't be spliced like rope can be.

For a boat as heavy and large as yours, which displaces 17,600 lbs., you really want real rope. 9/16" three-strand would probably be a good minimum.
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Can I ask where you're heading from Texas that is gonna require a double stern anchor?
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Wouldn't use either of those products for an important anchor line. If you're just using it to steady the boat or shorten the swing radius..that's one thing, but neither of them is worth a damn in a storm. BTW, they're basically lying in their advertising. The Ankarolina text says:

5/8' Three-strand from New England Ropes has a breaking strength of 12,200 lbs. and their 1/2" three-strand has a breaking strength of 7,500 lbs. Flat line is probably even more susceptible to chafe problems, since a greater percentage of the threads are exposed, due to the greater surface area of the flat line. It also probably doesn't knot as well as regular rope, and certainly can't be spliced like rope can be.

For a boat as heavy and large as yours, which displaces 17,600 lbs., you really want real rope. 9/16" three-strand would probably be a good minimum.

I do not see the stern anchor as a critically important system at least in my use. I am considering, though, of opting for spooled regular rode of the type sailingdog speaks of. Do you guys know where I can pick up a well made spool with about 200ft of rode that I can design into my arch system?


camaraderie Can I ask where you're heading from Texas that is gonna require a double stern anchor?

Right now I am just lake cruising on Lake Texoma. I like to anchor stern into the beach where the dropoff comes down so I can be close to shore and rafted up with some of my powerboat friends. When the water is at summer level, we usually have an expansive beach on our islands that drops off immediately at the water. I can be 8 feet from shore with about 2 feet clearance at my rudder and about a foot under the keel. It takes the right placement of anchors to make this work safely for my boat and the option of two easily storable and deployable stern anchor and rodes seems like a good solution to this. My primary anchor is about a 35lb Bruce style with 3/8" all chain rode with a 1 inch nylon rope snubber.
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