Until last winter we had a Tartan 3700 with 80' of 3/8" G43 chain and 300' of 5/8" nylon six-strand braid (Samson Deep-Six) attached to a Rocna
25. We anchored all over from Nanaimo to Olympia and only once did the anchor not set the first time. Was very happy with the chain/rope rode
, it worked great, did not experience a lot of chafe even at the rope/chain splice, and saved considerable weight. I redid the splice after three years just to be safe, but in hindsight did not need to.
I chose 80' of chain specifically for our typical minimum anchoring
depths around here. I can't think of any time we anchored in less than 20' (well, maybe Poulsbo), so we always let out at least all the chain and 20' of line so we didn't have to mess with a snubber. Most often anchored in 30-50', and a few times in the 80's.
Depending on where you anchor, you may find an anchor with flukes (like a Bruce) may struggle due to the thick brown leathery seaweed (not kelp) that is common in some areas, Griffin Bay for example. We have sailed extensively with a friend on a 42' boat
that had a Bruce and in those conditions, he could not get the anchor to set no matter how many tries while the Rocna
would dig right in. I think the different shapes made all the difference as the flukes on the Bruce never made it through the tough weed. A bigger Bruce may have helped punch through, but the pointy tip on the Rocna seemed to have much less trouble.
boat is a custom 54' sloop
with a Rocna 55 attached to 300' of 3/8" G43 and 100' of 3/4" 8-strand braid. The new setup does everything our old one did only better 😉
Hope this helps...
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