"Fairhaven" Formosa 41
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Re: Brait Anchor Rode
Originally Posted by IslanderGuy
Hi, I'm in the market for new anchor rode, and looking around I found a type I had not seen before...
Anchor Rode, Brait single braid nylon. 5/8" x 300' . Yale Cordage Brait absorbs 75% more energy than 3 strand nylon while using 60% less storage space. Brait absorbs more energy than any other line and cannot hockle.
Rope Anchor Line 5/8""X300' Nylon Brait HD Stainless Steel Thimble
Has anyone used this? Seen any reviews? I like the 60% less storage space as I have a 32 foot boat for four of us, and it sounds like it might be a bit stronger too (or at least more energy absorbing).
It is a bit more expensive, and I'm weighing the benefits against the cost on something I could easily loose or damage.
Any thoughts on this type of line are welcome!
Yes I have this rope for my secondary bow anchor and I LOVE it (primary is all chain). It's much better behaved than 3 strand. The best way I can describe it is that it just "falls" down the hawspipe into a nice pile just like chain does. Three strand, especially once it get salted and over worked, likes to be stiff, hockle, and will refuse to go down the pipe and lay down.
After using this stuff I will NEVER go back to 3 strand. In fact, I have 450ft of 1/2" 3 strand in my shed that I won't put aboard for the stern anchor. Instead I'm going to buy more of the 8plat brait rope (when I have the money) for the stern anchor. I don't know the percentages of space taken, but it does fall into a tight heap and takes up much less space than three strand.
I don't have a dynamometer, nor any experience to guesstimate "absorption" of either type of rope, so I won't comment on that claimed advantage.
PS It's much cheaper at Defender and they'll splice for you as well. I bought mine from defender:
"True, your boat will outperform mine to windward, but my boat will always outperform yours at anchor." --MedSailor
Last edited by MedSailor; 05-18-2012 at 03:16 AM.