Originally Posted by STG
That is interesting. While it is my intention to eventually go all chain (when I add a windlass) I am curious about the chafing. From what I have read, I was under the impression that about a foot of chain per length of boat is sufficient to keep the scope
low enough at anchor, and reduce chafing at that end.
If you are chafing for 150 ft of chain, could that perhaps be due to the weight and the fact the chain lays on the bottom? I would think a rope rode
would tend to stay off the bottom in an angle from the end of the chain to the boat? I can't imagine it dragging on the bottom a lot? Just curious.
My reasoning for going all chain is more for the light wind/current days so the boat doesn't drift as much as well as the comfort of knowing it is less likely to get cut or worn through than rope
We have been cruising full-time for a couple of years and off-hand I cannot remember a cruising boat that did not have all chain. One reality of cruising is that you end up anchoring
in places that you would have imagined in normal sailing conditions. Our worst was at Easter Island. There is a small patch of sand in the midst of volanic rock with waters around 40' deep and no protection from about 200° of the compass
. Swells in the 2 to 3 foot range are the norm and boats that were there a couple of weeks after us were anchored with 12' swells. I can't imagine it. We went to Pitcairn and were not able to anchor at all (my wife went ashore while I laid off the day). You need to anchor very close to shore in Bounty Bay to find even 35' of water
and there were swells from both the NE and NW, plus the swells were bouncing off the cliffs of the islands. It was chaotic, even though there was no wind at all. I was going to circumnavigate the island but I could not even manage one knot
of boat speed. Before I started long distance cruising I could not have imagined anchoring
in such spots.
Have a good anchor, lots of good chain (like our 3/8" because of its weight), lots of scope
- all will help one sleep well. I sleep, but am able to respond to changes in the boat's motion or to sounds that seem odd. Comes with practice. I also agree with the comments about setting a track on the chartplotter
after anchoring. Really gives you a good idea of where your anchor is what is happening. If you get a wind shift later you can turn the plotter back on and see how the boat and ground tackle have responded.