[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The anchor is important for any boat to stay in one place without drifting off. Choosing the right one requires assessing the kind of boat you have, where you will sail the boat, the size of the anchor, the kind of boat anchor rope and chain you need to use, etc. Let us look at the basic parts of the anchor system other than the anchor itself- the rode.
What is rode?
The rode refers to the line that connects your boat to the anchor. This includes both the chain and the rope used. Yes, ropes aren’t enough to keep the anchor in place. We have to use chains to make sure that the anchor stays in spot and it protects the rope from the harsh effects of ocean water.
Let’s talk about rope!
Now that’s out of the way, let’s talk about the rope you should choose for your boat anchor. As mentioned before it depends on the size and type of your boat. Let’s look at it characteristic-wise:
Quality of rope to use:
“What kind of rope do I use for my anchor?” is the most common question asked by boaters. There are many options to choose from, like nylon and polyester. Most experts recommend using nylon because of the many benefits it gives such as (i) being durable and strong, (ii) sinking in the water instead of floating like other rope, (iii) being flexible, and (iv) elastic for shock-absorbing.
Length of the rope to be used:
The common misconception about rope length is that you should take a rope that is just 10 m longer than the depth of the water. The right way of choosing the length of rope to be used is based on the 3:1 ratio. This means that the length of the rope needs to be at least three times longer than the depth of the water.
- The diameter of the rope:
You also have to keep in mind the capacity of your anchor locker to ascertain the size of the rope. Every 9 feet or 2.7 m of the boat implies one-eighth of an inch or 0.3 cm in diameter.Types of ropes:There are two kinds of ropes, based on the weaving:
Twisted rope: This kind of rope is cheap and readily available. It is also stretchy and can be spliced relatively easily. The problem with this kind of rope is that it is stiff and doesn’t bend as much. Also, it can hackle in between.
Braided rope: These ropes tend to be more flexible and strong. They are easy to grab on to and are not hard to hold. The problems with this kind of rope are that it is hard to stretch and doesn’t splice easily. The type you choose is dependent on your preference and requirements.
Choosing the right kind of rope is a crucial decision to make. It also decides the kind of chain you will select for the rode. Make sure you choose the safe and reliable kind of rope![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]