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As a rule-of-thumb a boat-length of chain is a good minimum. However, the more chain on the rode, the less scope is needed. It becomes a tradeoff between carrying around a lot of heavy chain (usually kept in bow anchor locker, or the stern lazarette; either of which is less than optimal for the weight distribution of the boat), and being able to anchor without a huge amount of scope (and consequently a large swing radius).
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