Join Date: Jul 2003
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Re: Not Getting the All-Chain Thing
You can cruise just fine with chain and rope, provided the chain part is long enough so that only it is on the bottom in rocky and coral areas. We meet many people cruising in the same areas of everyone posting above that use mixed rode, and we have yet to meet anyone who has lost a boat or had problems with it.
This type of rode is very common on multihulls and smaller boats, although less common now than in the past. We used a mixed rode for 16yrs coastal cruising in two different 40' boats, but switched to all chain when we left cruising full time.
Like Don mentioned above, our decision to go all chain was more for convenience than anything else. It is much easier to just push the switch and have the windlass handle the chain smoothly. Also, when on the rope part, a boat does swing a lot more, as well as wiplash back and forth in gusts because of the elasticity. This is more pronounced the deeper the anchorage.
If you will be cruising only the US East Coast and Bahamas, having a lot of dead chain doesn't make sense if your boat is weight sensitive or shallow draft. We are often anchored in 5-10' of water in these places, where 200' of our chain is always dead weight. A 100'/100' mixed rode, or even a 50'/150' is fine in these places.
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