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It also depends on what type of chain. HT is much stronger than PC or BBB for the same size. So often you can "downsize" on the chain and still get the desired strength by moving up to HT. This saves significant weight (if you are looking to). Makes it easier if you don't have a windlass (we don't).

Honestly, if I was buying rode/chain for a Catalina 30, I'd go with 1/4" HT and 1/2" rode. Minimum 30' of chain, nothing wrong with more other than more weight. I probably wouldn't go bigger simply because I'd be looking to keep weight reasonable with no windlass. I'd use this for my every day anchor, then have a larger chain/rode/anchor combo for storm situations, if needed.
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