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Old 27 July 2016, 04:50   #1
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SIB anchor rope size

Been buying lots of little bits of kit to refine what we carry on a holiday day out. Last consideration is the anchor rope. For years I've been using what is probably a 12mm nylon that came from a larger GRP boat. Its old and inflexible so takes up too much room in the kit bag.

Seems many folks use down to 6mm for a SIB... is that proving OK?
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What's the smallest anchor plait available?


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cold, wet, tired hands, stuck anchor, I wouldn't go tooo small diameter line, what have you space for?
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cold, wet, tired hands, stuck anchor, I wouldn't go tooo small diameter line, what have you space for?

True, I also keep a pair of good work gloves in the anchor locker.


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Seems many folks use down to 6mm for a SIB... is that proving OK?
I keep two ropes in the SIB - one is a White braid and must be around the 8mm mark. It's not very long (15M?) and I keep it attached to the anchor/chain. It's the rope I'm mostly likely going to be hauling on so the extra strength and grip would be welcome.

I also carry a very fine Navy Blue braid - maybe as small as 5-6mm - which is about 60/70m long. It's very strong in terms of holding a SIB in deep water and packs up VERY small.





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Cannot remember what mine is probably 30m of 8mm + another 50m stored. The 2m of chain is the important bit. And a 2kg Bruce.
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The anchor isn't for anchoring on a regular basis... just emergency use. So given I've never had to use it in 10yrs+ happy to deal with thin rope/sore hands hauling in... or to cut it away if stuck and buy new rope (have spare anchor and chain not in boat).

Space... well minimal... Willk's dark blue bundle looks good to me. Yes have decent chain.. and a folding grapnel... I know I know...
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Tibloc - | Decathlon

get one of these fit a nice hand loop in it on a carabina and pull your rope up save your hands if anchor stuck.

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have a look on ebay i got a roll of 1/4 starter rope and used that for anchor rope
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Oh yes Ebay it is... our local river based chandlers probably sell it at £1 per inch!
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