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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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Norridge, IL  |  800-626-6556

Lexco is an ISO:9001 manufacturer of wire rope, cable, and bungee cord assemblies; and push-pull controls. Our in-house capabilities range from swaging and extrusions to die-casting, proof-loading, and CNC machining. Lexco Cable is proud to serve a diverse set of markets including military, aerospace, OEM, MRO, marine, architectural, and more. Contact us today.

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Lexco Cable Mfg. $$$

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 $$$

Fairfield, NJ  |  973-287-6458

Corda is a leading rope manufacturer offering cotton, nylon, polyester, polypropylene, and sisal rope solutions constructed for outdoor and industrial use. Our products are used in the masonry, recreational, industrial, and marine industries.

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CORDA $$$

Pawtucket, RI  |  800-783-8599

Welcome to Neocorp, your number one supplier for high temperature textiles, gaskets and braid over wire jacketing. Our products can handle high temperatures and can stand through demanding industrial environments. We can do custom designs, be it for Kevlar tapes or E Glass rope. We set the standard for excellence.

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Neocorp Mfg $$$

Montgomeryville, PA  |  215-368-6611

As the leader in custom engineered synthetic ropes, Phillystran manufactures high tenacity fiber ropes, strands, braids and strength members from fibers such as Kevlar®, Twaron®, Technora®, Vectran®, Spectra®, Dyneema® and Zylon®, plus specialized ropes. Used worldwide in a broad range of marine, industrial and military rope applications. See website for more info and/or call today!

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Phillystran, Inc. $$$

Pawtucket, RI  |  800-519-4878

Among the top suppliers of ropes in New England, Quality Nylon Ropes can supply you with the best rope for your specific application. Included in our product line is Spectra®, Kevlar® and other types of ropes and cords. We're proud to carry on the long tradition in New England of superior quality textile manufacturing. For over 20 years we've supplied customers with our high quality ropes.

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Quality Nylon Rope $$$
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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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