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26 feet long and at 4 tons

My yacht is 26 feet long and weighs approx four tons
how long should the anchor chain be. plus rope .

Or No anchor rope. ?

What length of anchor chain would the members recomend I should use.
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Re: 26 feet long and at 4 tons

The length of the anchor chain and/or rope depends more on the depth you are anchoring in than on the weight of the boat, I think... you want to have adequate scope.
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Re: 26 feet long and at 4 tons

I would say chain at least 3X's the length of your boat and 200' (maybe 250) of rope rode would do it.
so... 75' chain, 200' rope rode and the biggest/heaviest anchor your boat can handle on the front end. I think a 40-45 lb delta type would hold you thru most anything.

If you are anchoring around the Caribbean, nothing but chain.

You can go to any of the Anchor sellers and they will recommend a size.

The best advice i've heard is " If your boat is dragging; then your anchor isn't big enough"
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Re: 26 feet long and at 4 tons

Agreed, depends on where you are anchoring, how deep it is will determine the total length, and whats on the bottom will determine if you can use rope or not. I like rope with some chain myself, as I don't have an electric (or manual) windlass, so I am the windlass

EDIT: Amount of chain can vary too, depending on your usage. If you just over-nighting on weekends in good weather, and in your marina if it's not so good, I've heard 1 boat length as a good recommendation. benesailor says 3x, sounds good if your traveling farther from home and might be out in worse conditions, but that might be heavy to lift if you have to lift by hand.

Size will be determined by boat size and weight, but I can't speak to that directly, nor do I know what anchorages are like in the Northeast, so I guess I'm not much help
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Re: 26 feet long and at 4 tons

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Depending on where your sailing grounds are "northeast England", Hull to Berwick on Tweed with a tidal range of at least 6m (20ft) and some inlets that drain to a mud bottom and very few rocky bottoms you could probably get away with 5 or 10 ft of chain and about 200ft of rope rode. Ask what most boaters use in your area.

More rocky bottoms north of Firth of Forth and different strategy, also smarter to use a harbour.

Anchoring off shore in the northsea is just not going to happen so plan for the inlets and estuaries.

North of Berwick, or Holy Island will be more rock and sand bottoms, still a few mud inlets, but more than likely rocky/weed bottom at low tide, if not in a harbour and tied to a wall.
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Re: 26 feet long and at 4 tons

Almost 9000lbs. is an extremely heavy boat for 26'. What is it ?
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Re: 26 feet long and at 4 tons

I imagine it is a Macwester 26 based on his forum name. However sailboatdata says the dry weight on one of those is 6700lbs. I don't know where the extra 2000lbs comes from.

Ask around at your local marinas and stores for anchor recommendations. You need length for depth. I have a little bit bigger boat in the Puget Sound and use a 25lb Manson Supreme anchor, 300' of 1/2" and 30' of 5/16" chain. That lets me safely anchor in water up to about 40', or push it and anchor in water up to about 55' deep. My secondary rode has the same amount of chain, but 200' of rode.

I could probably stand to have a little more chain.
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Re: 26 feet long and at 4 tons

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I imagine it is a Macwester 26 based on his forum name. However sailboatdata says the dry weight on one of those is 6700lbs. I don't know where the extra 2000lbs comes from.

Ask around at your local marinas and stores for anchor recommendations. You need length for depth. I have a little bit bigger boat in the Puget Sound and use a 25lb Manson Supreme anchor, 300' of 1/2" and 30' of 5/16" chain. That lets me safely anchor in water up to about 40', or push it and anchor in water up to about 55' deep. My secondary rode has the same amount of chain, but 200' of rode.

I could probably stand to have a little more chain.
Dry weight as you said and with a tiny Vire engine fitted.

Now larger and heaver engine extended keels and Skeg.
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