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Anchor line
Posted by skydiver on Apr 12 2006
The recommended scope is 7:1.  So if you were anchoring in 250 feet of water then you theoretically would need 1,750 feet of rode.  People rarely use 7:1, thought, unless the water is very rough and you need to be anchored really securely.  And carrying 1,750 feet of rode is not really practical.  Fishing in 200 feet of water, I've used 600 feet of rode (what I carry) in pretty rough conditions and it's held.  No way I'd do that overnight when I can't keep an eye on things.  Of course it also depends on whether or not you have the correct anchor (design and weight) for the bottom you're anchoring in, how much chain you have, etc.  So my answer is 7:1, and anything less is up to you.

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