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The weight of chain can act like a kellett and help the anchor bite by improving its angle to the seabed. But I think the real reason is related to wear and tear on the last 50 feet of the rode on seabottoms, that''s why chain is a good idea.
I''m running 100'' chain and 250'' 5/8 nylon with a 22# Bruce for my Beneteau 34, works just fine, I have never ever been put to the test on this though. I am also running 12'' chain and 250'' 3/8 nylon with a 16# Bruce on my Catalina 22, also works very well on holding bottoms for quick sets: got into silts one afternoon, it would not set, ended up trying out my dinghy anchor, a 2 1/2 lb Guardian on 50'' 1/4 nylon no chain, and it held on very well, 4:1 scope. So maybe it is about the design of the anchor vis-a-vis the bottom--more than all the chain?