Sails, Rigging & Deck Gear

You can make a simple kellet using spare chain. A webbing loop allows you to place it where it is most effective.

Assessing the Anchor Kellet

A weighted rode fights keel wraps, but won’t boost holding in storms.

One of all-chain rode’s most popular features among cruising sailors has little to do with anchoring—and everything to do with stowing. With a well-designed bow roller, windlass, hawse hole, and chain locker, your rode and anchor will deploy and stow belowdecks faster and with far less effort than nylon rode requires. But for a smaller boat without a windlass or deep chain locker, an all-chain rode is often impractical. Even cruising sailors who are perfectly equipped for all-chain anchoring often find that their nylon secondary anchor better is suited for some anchoring situations.

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