Go all chain, or at least about 100-150 foot (35-50m), that will give you the ability to anchor
in most places with all chain (with a rope
snubber). Any deeper and you can use extra rope
, but this should be rare. It's a real worry just using rope all the time, it can wrap around rudders, and lies close to the surface so it's vulnerable to being cut by other boats propellers, and the extra swinging room makes it hard to squeeze into tighter anchorages
. I lived and cruised for five years on my 26 foot folkboat
type, with only rope and a short length of chain. I used to use multiple anchors when leaving the boat, but was much happier when I got the next boat with an all chain rode
If you fit a chain pawl to the bow roller it's very easy and safe to lift
by hand on a small boat. Having the option of using 1/4 inch HT chain makes it perfect for small boats.