To be clear. My concern was as follows.
If I have 30' of chain out and I only put out 35' - that would mean I have 30' of chain and 5' of rode. Which I have to think is a poor idea to let 5' of rode
take the stress of 30' of chain (or is it fine?)... so, what I would have thought the smart thing to do would have been to use the bridle in conjunction with the chain (not certain where to place the chain hook)... thus still getting the benefit of the weight of chain, but the bridle can take the shock for it.
Or... dumbing it down... if I'm in 7' (water+freeboard) and that gives me 49' at 7:1... do I just let out 30' of chain and 19' of rode
tie it off on a cleat and say good night? If it's just that simple, smack on the head
and I'm good - I can take it.
Or would I be better off using the bridle, and if so, how so.
Sorry for the long thread on what should be simple... I watched YouTube video after video... and whenever you see a person with a bridle they've got a zillion feet of chain in deep water
. I'll be in the keys, in 3'-5' of water at times.