Originally Posted by Guy
Seems like if you are somebody that does not have all chain, you might be the one who would say that rope is OK. Does not make it true though.
Boxers vs. briefs; just can't discuss it rationally....
I've had both (effectively all chain now) and the ONLY reason I prefer all chain for the Chesapeake Bay
is that it fits the windlass
better. It is certainly jerkier in gusty conditions and I believe makes dragging in soft mud more problematic (the jerking), heavier in the bow, and in my opinion makes "feeling" the anchor in more difficult. Having used both and being in a sound position to judge, I believe (and could easily prove mathematically) that the same mass and money spent on a larger anchor is far
wiser than that spent on chain. In 20 years I've never gotten so much as a scratch on the rode, though that probably includes only 300 sets or so.
However, if there were a rocky bottom I would feel differently. Most anchorage grounding on the Bay occur when an anchor slowly glides through the bottom and the boat stops when it hits thin water
, generally without damage. Horses for courses.
My compromises? A modern anchor, a long stretchy bridle
, and I only carry 100 feet of chain backed by line. Because the Bay is shallow in the harbors, I've not had to use the line portion in 5 years with this specific boat.
So I think there is more than one answer.