Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Deploying and retrieving an anchor with chain and rode
Kent,toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
Anchor chain is nice in that it doesn’t chafe on sharp things like rocks but it’s your anchor and a proper scope that is required to give you good holding. With your back situation, I would consider mostly or completely eliminating the chain and just insure that you have a minimum of a 7:1 scope out (remember to account the freeboard) . The Fortress and Danforth type anchors are not to reliable at resetting if pulled out when the wind or current changes the rode angle too much. When using these types of anchors I normally set a second anchor (a smaller lunch hook)…which I know does complicate things. With the right line size, you may be able to get some help from your anchor windlass in hauling up the anchor by running it in the center chain groove and tailing. Some gypsys are designed to handle chain and line in this manner and with the right size line it grips pretty well despite only laying across the top of the gypsy. .
On my previous boat there was no windlass or provision to stow and anchor forward so I used high tensile Danforth anchors with line only rodes for almost 20 years up and down the East Coast, Maine and Nova Scotia without ever dragging or having a chafe problem but obviously there is a risk that your line could find something sharp.
I am glad to hear that your boat was not damaged, best of luck and perhaps you will get some other ideas that will help.