Originally Posted by sailorboy1
Only have had a anchor
drag problem 1 time and it was at a deep anchorage when a gale unexpectedly developed. I'm trainable so this location is the basis of why I currently have the 350' of chain, which still doesn't get me 5:1 when the tide is factored in, but that is all the room in there is in the locker.
Only you can decide on the tradeoff of more chain versus sailing performance versus wet deck
If you split your chain, you can keep the other half in the bilge
and reconnect it in case of some really dire necessity. A bit of a PITA but doable.
You can also add as much rope rode
to the end of the chain as you want. In a really deep anchorage, I don't think it's much of a problem to use rope
after the first 60 meters of chain -- it will not touch the bottom in any kind of wind
I'm planning to do both -- add 100 meters of rope (which can double for trailing warps in case of need), and also keep the cut off part of the chain in the bilge
I will use polyester (not nylon) octoplait for the rope rode
which does not lose its strength when wet like nylong does.