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The chain primarily contributes additional weight. The anchor line and metal chain together are called the anchor rode. Read More…

Anchor Line Anchor line is rope used in boating, and it is a very important accessory on any water vessel. The rope is tied to a short length of metal chain, which is attached to the anchor, which is then lowered into a body of water to keep the vessel from drifting.
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Sellersville, PA  |  888-218-6366

Since our beginning in 1967, we have had experience designing, manufacturing and distributing the highest quality braided ropes and cords. Braided ropes and cordage are produced in all common fibers.

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CSR Incorporated $$$

Miami, FL  |  305-636-3000

Miami Cordage and its Florida Wire & Rigging Works division is a renowned rope manufacturer and rope distributor of industrial and marine rope, wire, chain, fittings & related products. Our various colors, configurations & strengths of rope, anchor line, dockline, twine and cord come in Amsteel, nylon (3 &12 strand, double braid), Polypropylene (hollow braid, 3-strand twisted), polyester, etc.

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Miami Cordage $$$

Boca Raton, FL  |  561-347-7247

With a truly diverse inventory, Consolidated Cordage carries rope supplies to meet military, defense, commercial, safety & electrical applications with top-of-the-line performance & highly competitive prices. Nylon rope, kevlar rope, cotton rope, braided rope, bungee cords, fiberglass cords & shock cords are only the beginning!

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Consolidated Cordage Corporation, Inc. $$$

Waterford, PA  |  814-323-7495

At USA Rope, our goal is to serve customers with the best quality product along with the most responsive service in your industry. We offer custom bulk dyneema rope, spectra rope, winch line systems, and more. All products are made with the latest technology and made in the USA to ensure consistency and longevity within our bulk manufacturing. To learn more about our services, contact USA rope today!

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USA Rope & Recovery $$$

Montreal, QC  |  800-305-2673

You have found your solution for ropes and netting. Barry Cordage is a world class leader in solving complex rope and net requirements by adapting our complete product line to your needs. Extended variety of ropes includes Dyneema and Spectra rope (helicopter long lines), nylon and polyester rope, natural fiber rope like cotton, manila and hemp. Try our specialized rope systems and splices today!

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Barry Cordage Ltd. $$$
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The best material to use for anchor line is nylon. Nylon is a synthetic fiber or fabric made from petroleum. It is popular in boating because it is strong and elastic, relatively inexpensive and resistant to wear and tear. When a wave rolls toward a boat anchored with nylon line, the nylon will stretch like a rubber band, absorbing shock and preventing destructive jerking. Nylon rope for anchor line can be purchased in a couple different configurations, three-strand and double braid. Three-strand nylon rope, which is preferred by most serious cruisers, offers greater elasticity at a lower cost and resistance to abrasion.

Three-strand nylon for anchoring should be medium lay, which has more twists per foot than soft lay. This is particularly important where windlass is concerned, as soft lay strands can untwist and separate, potentially causing harm to the equipment. Soft lay also runs the risk of snagging and collecting abrasions as it runs along the bottom. Three-strand nylon anchor line can eventually become hardened from saltwater saturation or stiffened by constant outdoor exposure, making it difficult to work with. If this should happen, it is best to simply replace the line. Braided nylon is more flexible than three-strand nylon, making it the better choice for when the rode is fed through a deck pipe for stowage. Although it is stronger and generally easier to work with, it is important to note that braided nylon anchor line does have a tendency to deteriorate from tears and abrasions.

Whatever choice a consumer makes, he or she must also decide on the size of the anchor line purchased. A good rule of thumb is to purchase an eighth of an inch of rope diameter for every nine feet of boat length. To determine the needed length of an anchor rode, a consumer should multiply the depth of the deepest water he or she expects the anchor to drop, then multiple that by eight. For example, to drop anchor at the deepest depth of twenty-five feet, a boat owner should buy two hundred feet of rope.

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