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What Sailingdog said, plus... 7:1 and 10:1 are pretty big scopes. With a mostly rope rode like you have, I'd probably set 5:1 most times and 7:1 for an overnight. If there are other boats around you when you anchor, and you see mostly chain off their bow or windlass, expect anywhere from 3:1 (lunch) or 5:1 (overnight). I'll do 7:1 or higher for excessively high winds (25+) or storms. If you put out too much scope and are in an anchorage with others, there's a possibility you'll swing into them as you come around during wind shifts.
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