The great advantage of chain over nylon rope is its weight. When a boat is riding to a chain, the cable sags into a curve called a catenary. As a result, the pull delivered to the hook is more horizontal. A spin-off from this is that you can lie to the shortest possible scope. The weight of the chain also produces a damping effect on the boat's tendency to surge around. This not only keeps her quiet, it also reduces her capacity for plucking the anchor out of the bottom.

Chain cable is, of course, totally chafe-resistant, both at the seabed and at the bow fairlead. It also self-stows if the locker is deep enough, and is comparatively easy to scrub clean.

To set against all these plus factors, chain is heavy to carry on board and expensive. It also requires regalvanising every ten years or so. While its strength is normally above suspicion, it can allow snubbing to occur in extreme conditions. This will be considered under 'Storm anchoring' (see p.74).

The final drawback of chain is that it is noisy at the stemhead. Long-term cruisers often solve this problem by rigging a short, nylon rope 'snubber' hooked into the bight of the cable 'between wind and water'. This is made fast on deck so as to take the strain. The cable above the hook is allowed to droop in a short bight, while it is left made fast on deck so that in the event of the strop chafing through, nothing is lost but a short piece of rope.

How To Have A Perfect Boating Experience

How To Have A Perfect Boating Experience

Lets start by identifying what exactly certain boats are. Sometimes the terminology can get lost on beginners, so well look at some of the most common boats and what theyre called. These boats are exactly what the name implies. They are meant to be used for fishing. Most fishing boats are powered by outboard motors, and many also have a trolling motor mounted on the bow. Bass boats can be made of aluminium or fibreglass.

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