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Old 01-15-2014, 12:56 PM   #41
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Well, then I guess our boat is no good. Along with our all chain rode. Guess I should go buy a viking sportfisherman.
I'm not sure why you picked Viking...but they have a reputation where I come from that equals or exceeds Nordhavn in terms of how long they have been around (early 1960's) and are known to be solid boats (like Nordhavns) for what they are made for.

Bad choice IMO.....as they are sportfish...not an around the world cruiser.
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Old 01-15-2014, 01:24 PM   #42
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Old 01-15-2014, 01:54 PM   #43
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No boat is "no good" because of it's anchor rode. And Nordhavn or the NA specified all chain because it sells trawlers better. My favorite bigger boat is a Nordhavn 46.

If you put a weight on whatever anchor rode 25% of the way down from the bow the rode at that point will sink or become lower. And the rode 25% of the way UP the rode from the anchor will rise. The rise in the lower end of the rode will increase the angle of the rode close to the anchor and make it easier to breakout the anchor.

A 1/2 chain rode may perform better than an all chain. And if you double the weight of the chain and remove the upper half you'd have the same weight as before but much a much better (lower) angle of pull at the anchor. Or better yet use the 100+ lbs of the removal of the upper half of the rode and get a new anchor the weight of your present anchor + 100lbs. That will veritably certainly increase the performance of the rode/anchor combination at no increase to the weight of the boat.

See archives for much more.
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