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February 2014 Issue

Anchor Rode Report

Chain rode alternatives and sizing differences

In our continuous research of ground tackle, we noticed that large oil rigs are often anchored into place with a spider web of stranded wire—or in some cases, Dyneema, a low-stretch, high-strength synthetic fiber. We wondered whether Dyneema or a wire cable might have some application in recreational sailboat anchoring, and we launched field tests to find out. These tests also looked at how changing the diameter of your anchor chain affects anchor performance.

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