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#11121006 - 09/22/15 08:30 PM What rope for your anchor? Chain no chain?
Blues Offline
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Registered: 01/23/12
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Seems I'm replacing rope a lot from chafing and UV. Been using a thinner rope than I think I'm going with next. It's the nylon core stuff with the protective cover. Super strong and easy to work with, but don't last long. I like about 200' of line for each anchor so I don't want anything too big.

How much chain per anchor if any? A gotta have?

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#11121052 - 09/22/15 08:43 PM Re: What rope for your anchor? Chain no chain? [Re: Blues]
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5 ft of chain.
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#11122463 - 09/23/15 12:06 PM Re: What rope for your anchor? Chain no chain? [Re: Blues]
Chiprat Offline
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for my Big boat (24 ft) I use 10ft of galv. chain, and Braid 5/8ths nylon rope, but I have a Winch (Elect) lol..
for the Jon boat, I use Mule tape (What I call it) flat nylon rope...

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#11122511 - 09/23/15 12:18 PM Re: What rope for your anchor? Chain no chain? [Re: Blues]
hurricane 201 Offline
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Registered: 04/02/12
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Loc: Johnson County ,Texas
In my opinion, it depends a lot on the type of anchor you use with box anchors I do not believe you need much more than 2-3 foot of chain but with most others 5 foot plus like Johnny said.
as far as rope, I have 200' of 5/8" on the front of the boat and don't really care for it, its a bit thick and kind of a pain on my cleats, at the back I have 150' of 1/2' and like it very well.
2cents wish I had more than 2 to rub togather
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#11122779 - 09/23/15 01:42 PM Re: What rope for your anchor? Chain no chain? [Re: Blues]
Budward Offline
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The more chain the better in theory but i wouldn't use more than 5'
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#11122826 - 09/23/15 01:55 PM Re: What rope for your anchor? Chain no chain? [Re: Blues]
mjmetro0719 Offline
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I never have used more than a couple of feet of chain but I have often heard it's better to use more chain, what is the advantage and purpose of more chain?
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#11122973 - 09/23/15 02:33 PM Re: What rope for your anchor? Chain no chain? [Re: mjmetro0719]
hurricane 201 Offline
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Originally Posted By: mjmetro0719
I never have used more than a couple of feet of chain but I have often heard it's better to use more chain, what is the advantage and purpose of more chain?


Mike, the way I understand it, the chain of course adds weight and when the rope is tight the additional downward force on the digging edge of the anchor helps it bite into the bottom. I also think that the chain acts a bit like a dampener to shock pulls on the rope helps keep the waves from yanking the anchor loose. Of course these are my thoughts and not necessarily factual.
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#11123002 - 09/23/15 02:47 PM Re: What rope for your anchor? Chain no chain? [Re: hurricane 201]
CATDADDY JR Offline
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Originally Posted By: hurricane 201
Originally Posted By: mjmetro0719
I never have used more than a couple of feet of chain but I have often heard it's better to use more chain, what is the advantage and purpose of more chain?


Mike, the way I understand it, the chain of course adds weight and when the rope is tight the additional downward force on the digging edge of the anchor helps it bite into the bottom. I also think that the chain acts a bit like a dampener to shock pulls on the rope helps keep the waves from yanking the anchor loose. Of course these are my thoughts and not necessarily factual.


+1
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#11123059 - 09/23/15 03:07 PM Re: What rope for your anchor? Chain no chain? [Re: Blues]
Blues Offline
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Looking really hard at some 5/8ths stuff. Looks big, 400' of that in the front of the boat would be a big pile of rope.

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#11123063 - 09/23/15 03:09 PM Re: What rope for your anchor? Chain no chain? [Re: Blues]
CATDADDY JR Offline
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I like the bigger rope for the winter because its easier to handle and hold on to when your hands are frozen and dont want to work.
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#11123253 - 09/23/15 04:34 PM Re: What rope for your anchor? Chain no chain? [Re: CATDADDY JR]
J Lowe Offline
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Loc: Merkel
Originally Posted By: CATDADDY JR
I like the bigger rope for the winter because its easier to handle and hold on to when your hands are frozen and dont want to work.


X2. This reminds me I need to find some new rope for that deep water.
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#11123287 - 09/23/15 04:59 PM Re: What rope for your anchor? Chain no chain? [Re: CATDADDY JR]
mjmetro0719 Offline
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Registered: 10/25/02
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Loc: saginaw,tx
Originally Posted By: CATDADDY JR
Originally Posted By: hurricane 201
Originally Posted By: mjmetro0719
I never have used more than a couple of feet of chain but I have often heard it's better to use more chain, what is the advantage and purpose of more chain?


Mike, the way I understand it, the chain of course adds weight and when the rope is tight the additional downward force on the digging edge of the anchor helps it bite into the bottom. I also think that the chain acts a bit like a dampener to shock pulls on the rope helps keep the waves from yanking the anchor loose. Of course these are my thoughts and not necessarily factual.


+1


Makes sense to me. Thanks thumb
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#11123443 - 09/23/15 06:45 PM Re: What rope for your anchor? Chain no chain? [Re: Blues]
Freeman Clark Offline
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Registered: 03/18/05
Posts: 1315
Loc: Temple, Texas
I use 1/2" rope and Digger anchors with no chain.

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#11124834 - 09/24/15 12:27 PM Re: What rope for your anchor? Chain no chain? [Re: Blues]
Chemdawg Offline
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Registered: 01/22/13
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I just got 3 of those diggers given to me from the digger company Like freemen i use the same i have had a lot of anchors and these are by far the best i have ever used

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#11125063 - 09/24/15 02:19 PM Re: What rope for your anchor? Chain no chain? [Re: Blues]
Chemdawg Offline
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Registered: 01/22/13
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just to add they have the digger 2 it look like it would hold better and faster but it the arm does not pivit on a sping if your hung up they are about 50$ http://www.diggeranchor.com/Digger_2.html

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