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Anchor rode question
Hi everyone, I know there are many threads about rode and chain sizing, etc., but I wanted to ask about my specific application. The boat I'm buying only has one anchor (Fortress), so that means I'll be buying a 2nd anchor (probably to be used as my primary). In addition, the existing rode and chain need to be replaced, so I'll need two new sets of each for both anchors.
Below are the basic boat specs, my cruising area info, and my proposed configuration, followed by my specific question.
About the boat:
1984 Sabre 34, LOA: 33' 8", Displacement: 11,700 lbs (factory)
Chesapeake Bay. Overnights, weekends, longer summer cruises, etc.
Primary anchor - Buy a Rocna 15 (33lbs) for bow roller, and buy 35 feet of chain and 200+ feet of nylon rode.
Secondary anchor - Use existing Fortress FX-16 as back-up in cockpit locker (not sure of location yet), and buy 35 feet of chain and 200+ feet of rode.
Lunch hook - None (we almost always anchor overnight or longer)
Storm anchor - to be added later, either replacing the Fortress or adding as a third anchor
In the configuration mentioned above, what diameter nylon rode and what type/size of chain would you recommend for my boat and usage with these two anchors? I like to err on the sizde of oversizing a little, but not to the extreme. Line that is too oversized won't take advantage of the stretch in nylon as much, putting more load on the boat.
I've read West Marine's, Don Casey's, and Chapman's recommendations--they all vary a little bit. Any thoughts on what you'd recommend? This is where not having owned a boat before leaves me at little behind on these types of choices.
Thanks for your help!