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Old 17 April 2014, 16:14   #1
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How much rope if any is a good amount to carry. Here is my thinking... You anchor in a nice safe spot for the night set up camp but worry that the anchor might slip in the night.
Would attaching a second line of sinking rope that reaches the beach with a second anchor be viable?
Assuming the tide is already high and you are not in an area where the tide goes out 5 miles.
As present I have 45m of rope with 4m of 8mm chain and 5kg Bruce anchor. My Rib is 4.8m so quite small.
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How much rope if any is a good amount to carry.
Enough to drop anchor anywhere in your usual cruising waters in an emergency.


It gets rather deep not far out round your way!
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I carry a 6mm trip line which would double up as a security line.
I've had the 'nightmare scenario' when anchored off, camping on Molulnan, never again. I ended up running down the beach starkers at 6am dragging my shorty on whilst running. 'Hey Joe I' was not in a good place.

I stick to the rivers or Scillies for overnight anchoring now.
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Thanks. Unless I go more than 3 miles out the water is less than 120ft, 35m. Unless off the Manacles.
Nice tale Mollers not nice seeing your pride and joy leaving without you.
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Thanks. Unless I go more than 3 miles out the water is less than 120ft, 35m. Unless off the Manacles.
Nice tale Mollers not nice seeing your pride and joy leaving without you.
Keep up. His pride and joy was swinging about in front of him as he ran down the beach. It was his Rib that had disappeared...
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Keep up. His pride and joy was swinging about in front of him as he ran down the beach. It was his Rib that had disappeared...
Pride & Joy? I though he said he was dragging on his "shorty"?
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Lads, it was her idea of a romantic eve, sleeping on our fave beach. I wasn't fully up for it, but went along with the idea. It was an unmitigated disaster from start to finish. As I said, never again.
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Thanks. Unless I go more than 3 miles out the water is less than 120ft, 35m. Unless off the Manacles.
you need 100m anchor rope - thats what i now carry as i broke down a couple of years back in deep water and my anchor wouldnt set. i used to carry 30m thinking i would only be anchoring up near beaches
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you need 100m anchor rope - thats what i now carry as i broke down a couple of years back in deep water and my anchor wouldnt set. i used to carry 30m thinking i would only be anchoring up near beaches
That's a helluva length of rope to carry and manage. My anchor line is about 40m, I work off of the premise, that nowhere that I can think of goes from hitting something hard to 100m in no distance. At 100m depth, I'm way off and getting on the wireless or getting my boating buddy to chuck me a line.
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its all about scope, 3:1 is absolute minimum - so 30m depth requires 90m rope.
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