nylon line - Nylon is ideal due to its ability to stretch and
resistance to rot, chemicals, and heat. We use a medium-lay 3-strand
that's easy on the hands and it's UV stabilized to limit degradation
from the sun.
hardware - Thimble is made from 316 stainless steel.
Hardware should last a decade or more, just replace the line periodically
Spliced-in eye - Splicing is stronger than sewn eyes; we use a thimble and go 6 or more tucks for strength and we seize the splice at the neck
Diameter: use 1/8" of rope diameter for every 9' of boat length (e.g. 36' boat should use 4/8" or 1/2" diameter line)Length: 8' of line for every 1' of water depth
are general "rules of thumb" and should be used as directional guidance
only. Performing the due diligence necessary to ensure you've selected
the right-size line is important for this critical component.
- Over-sizing anchor lines is fine if
it's not extreme. Over-sizing too much reduces the benefit of elasticity and makes for a less comfortable motion
when the boat is moving around the hook- Boats considered heavy for their length, should size up- Boats with high freeboard, cabin tops, flybridges, etc (trawlers, tugs, etc) should consider larger and longer options- Catamarans should size up due to high freeboard, windage and their desire to sail on the hook- If in doubt, choose a larger and longer option
Please contact us if you have questions regarding sizing.