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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 $$$

Santa Ana, CA  |  888-860-7673

As a rope manufacturer, you can expect excellent braided ropes (double braid, single braid, solid braid), 8-plait, 12-strand, kernmantle, Kevlar® rope, polypropylene rope and nylon rope too. We also make rope from polyester, Spectra®, Technora® and Vectran®. Pelican Rope is ISO 9001:2000 certified.

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Pelican Rope Works $$$

Scottsboro, AL  |  800-358-7673

Twisted, double-braided in nylon or polyester, for climbing or pulling – whatever it is you need, Buccaneer Rope Company can make the difference. Since 1975, we’ve been designing, manufacturing & distributing quality rope products for the marine, industrial, electrical, arborist and government markets. If you need versatile, high-quality rope products for demanding applications, call us today!

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Buccaneer Rope Company $$$

Avenel, NJ  |  732-574-0700

Atlantic Cordage, family owned and operated for over fifty years, offers fast, convenient service with the experience you can trust. We have an extensive inventory of high quality ropes to serve a variety of industries and applications. We are confident we can meet your requirements and exceed your expectations. Visit us online for more detailed information or to request a quote.

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Atlantic Cordage Corporation $$$

Miami, FL  |  305-592-3750

Sunshine Cordage manufactures and distributes synthetic rope. Our product consists of stranded rope available in 3, 8, & 12; solid braided and double braided rope, mooring lines, specialty rope and twines available in polypropylene and polyester. We offer ropes in many materials such as nylon, polyethylene, and manila. Sunshine’s ropes serve many applications and industries including agriculture, marine, industrial, mining, fishing, military, and general purpose. Call us today.

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Sunshine Cordage $$$
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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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