Information About Purchasing Anchor Chain
Secure anchoring isn’t just about the anchor itself. The boat anchor chain or rode has an important role in the performance of an anchor. An anchor rode encompasses all the fittings from the shank of the anchor to where it is attached to the vessel. For the vessel that can afford the weight of an all-chain rode this has tremendous advantages such as being able to let out more chain and providing more weight for the canter in the event of an anchor dragging.
For smaller and lighter boats, a rode made up of rope and chain technically called a mixed rode is more common and often incorrectly referred to as a rode and chain. An all-rope rode is not advised for numerous reasons. One of the compelling reasons is that when an anchor is set the rode is subject to considerable chafing from the seafloor. Even something that appears benign like sand can wear away rope faster that expected.
The type of chain is also important. In salt water a heavy dipped galvanized anchor chain
will provide reliable service. Economical chain might appear suitable as a rode, but it is not manufactured with the equivalent specifications required as that as a bonafide anchor chain. Stainless steel anchor chain
has become more affordable, and the use has gained popularity due to it not rusting. There are a few options when considering chain as part of the rode but if the chain is used on a windlass, then it is important to consult the windlass manufacturer
information for the correct type of chain.
Chain size is the measurement of the thickness of the wire that makes up a link and the link length. It is not uncommon for chain of the same size but from different manufacturers to differ in such a way that one might fit the windlass and operate flawlessly while the other appears to fit and does not perform well. Therefore, a bit diligence is prudent and Acco anchor chain
is manufactured domestically by the original Peerless company, and they are available to assist if called upon. How much chain a vessel requires is a difficult question to answer because it depends on the type of environment the vessel anchors in. A good rule of thumb though is how much can fit in the anchor locker and remember there should be an allowance for a secondary or backup anchor and rode somewhere on the vessel.
Anchor Chain & Anchors
Weight is not a requirement, but design is for an anchor
to function satisfactorily. There are some well performing lightweight anchors on the market, but none can function without a good rode. Old ideas are constantly questioned and challenged but experience has proven that designs such as the Danforth anchor
are here to stay.
Anchoring and Mooring Hardware
and mooring hardware are similar although rode selection isn’t so refined and can vary substantially from mooring to mooring. Mooring rode fitted with galvanized chain has the advantage of having additional zincs added for protection such as those manufactured by Canada Metals
. Local authorities might dictate the makeup of the mooring and it is advisable to contact the local regulatory authority for guidance.
Why to use Anchor Line in Combination with Anchor Chain
A common practice to reduce weight up forward in the chain locker is accomplished by attaching a stout anchor rode such as Anchor Line / Dock Line
, Twisted Nylon, White or Samson Rope, Pro-Set Anchor Line
to a section of chain that is secured to the anchor. This also affords anchoring in deeper water without the added anchor-chain weight suspended from the bow roller.
Tying up to a mooring is of course much easier and safer than anchoring but they still require inspection and maintenance. Mooring buoys
come in all shapes and sizes but before purchasing a replacement be sure to contact the local regulatory authority for guidance because they might have specific regulations on the size and markings of the buoys.
Windlasses and Parts
It is not uncommon for chain of the same size but from different manufacturers to differ in such a way that one might fit the windlass and operate flawlessly while the other appears to fit and does not perform well. This might not be the fault of the chain but minor wear of the windlass parts. Windlasses
are also exposed to the elements and are required to work hard when needed. Unfortunately they do break down and fortunately there is a good network of replacement parts available when the need arises.