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When the boat is anchored out in storm conditions, the wind is usually such that an all-chain rode would be stretched taut, meaning that there is no catenary curve to the rode. A combination rope-chain rode will not shock load the boat or anchor as much since the nylon portion of the rode will stretch quite a bit. The all-chain will shock load the fittings on the boat, and the shockloading may cause the anchor to break out of the bottom.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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