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I have a handy book called "The Boat Data Book" by Ian Nicolson that I frequently refer to. Going on the high side, for a 30-36 ft boat weighing 8-12 tons, 240' of 5/8" line plus 24' of 3/8" chain is recommended. I've also heard of a rule of thumb of 1' of chain for 1' ft of boat. Our boat is 36' and we went with 40' of chain. We have a windlass and acquired chain the conformed to the specifications for the windlass.
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