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We all want to have our own boat for sailing but there is one thing that no one seems to

learn and that is boat anchoring. It is just like if you learn how to drive a car but you don’t

learn how to park it safely. Well, sailing on your own boat has its own thrill and fun but at

the same time, you should also know how to dock your boat safely with the help of boat 

anchor line. Before you go ahead and learn how to use the anchoring system and anchor

chain properly, there are some basic terms that are commonly used in the boating and

you should know about them.


Vessel – A common term used for boat.

Ground Tackle – anchor chain, anchor line reel (sometimes this means anchoring   the boat)

Rode – The technical name for anchor line or anchor chain

Scope – This means the length of the anchor rode. This is measured in water   depth units.

Shackle – This is a “U” shaped connector having a bold or pin across its open end.

 Bitter End – The last part of anchor line is called bitter end


The anchor rope for your boat is part of a larger system called the "anchor rode." The anchor rode includes the rope, chain.if you attach the rope to a length of chain, and the chain to the anchor and the anchor. Choosing the right anchor rope for your boat requires you to know something about the anchoring process and how it works and some facts about your anchor. You also have to know something about the qualities of ropes available on the market and some basic facts about your boat.




1)Buy rope that doesn't float. Polypropylene line floats and is easier to haul up, but your boat remains anchored because of the weight of the anchor rode. Nylon is heavy enough to sink and secure your vessel in place-#-which is the whole point of anchoring. Whether you use a chain between rope and anchor is immaterial to choosing an anchor rope.


2)Use a tape measure and measure the diameter of your anchor's shank-#-the shank is the part that runs from the "hooks" at the bottom of the anchor to the ring at the top of the anchor. Your anchor rope diameter should be at least that large.


3) Open the chart of the areas where you are likely to anchor and look at the depth of the water. Anchoring properly requires you pay out an anchor rode that's five to seven times the depth of the water: if you routinely anchor in water 30 feet deep, you'll need between 150 and 210 feet of anchor rope to anchor in that spot.


4)Measure your rope storage locker unless you plan to leave the rope coiled on deck or wound around the drum of your anchor winch. One-inch line 210 feet in length, coiled 3 feet in diameter, will stand 21 inches high. Overlapping the individual coils in the line will have little effect so, for a 1-inch nylon anchor rope, you will have to plan on about 6 cubic feet of rope storage space. Two-inch line will effectively double that storage requirement.

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