# Quick Answer: How Much Chain Do I Need On My Anchor?

## How long does anchor chain last?

While there’s no way to tell exactly how long each component should last, it’s not uncommon to switch out heavily used anchor lines every 3-5 years.

Chain generally lasts a little longer, but we do recommend checking the condition of the splice every year to ensure it’s still holding correctly..

## How much chain do you put on an anchor?

Anchor Rode Length Opinions vary, but a common rule of thumb is to use seven times the sum of the water depth plus the boat’s freeboard. Many boaters will use a scope of more like five times, and will compensate with more chain or more vigilance.

## How much chain and rope does an anchor need?

Determining how long your anchor rode should be is as simple as multiplying the deepest water you expect to anchor in by 8. As for rope size, the rule of thumb is 1/8″ of rope diameter for every 9′ of boat length. So if you expect to anchor your 26′ boat in 30′ of water, you need 240′ of 3/8″ nylon rope.

## How much anchor do I need?

And before you head out, you need to know how much anchor line you need. Use a ratio of 7:1, or 7 feet of line for every foot of anticipated water depth. For example, you would need 70 feet of anchor line in 10 feet of water.

## Does an anchor need a chain?

Combination anchor-rodes consist of both chain and nylon line. You may buy a combination rode, or you may make one yourself. Generally, it is recommended to have either one foot of chain for each foot of boat length, or to have one pound of chain for each pound of anchor length.

## How much anchor line should you use if the water is 20 feet deep?

Anchors Should Have: The amount of rode (line + chain) to have out depends on the water depth in which you plan to set anchor. As a general rule of thumb, your rode should be 7 to 10 times the depth of the water in which you will anchor.