How often do you change your anchor rode? This is a question we seldom hear, but in reality, is a question that boat owners should ask themselves more often. If your anchor rode components operate smoothly and look good at a glance, this is probably a question you wouldn't even think to ask. However, failing to keep a close eye on your current anchor rode setup could lead to costly repairs down the road.
How do you know if you should replace your anchor rode?
It's hard to give an answer on how often you should replace your rode. Every boat is different. The only true way to answer this is to take a closer look. If there are zero signs of chain rust or wear, no noticeable line degradation, and shackles or swivels look and operate correctly, then chances are there's nothing to worry about. However, you can never be too safe.
Once a year we recommend that you examine your entire line and chain as well as common failure points in your rode to monitor the condition of each piece. During the inspection, pay special attention to the following areas.
Look for any rust spots on the anchor, chain, shackle or anchor swivel if you have one.
Inspect the anchor line for any cuts, knicks, fraying or chafing.
Check that the line to chain splice is still in good condition and free from cracking, fraying or chafing.
Handle the line to make sure it doesn't feel too dried out or stiff in your hands.
If the line has been in use for a while, check that the total length is still adequate for your needs.
Check the shackles, thimbles, swivels, etc. for any rust or flaking.
If you encounter any of these during your inspection, it may be time to replace that component. When dealing with something as important as your anchoring system, it definitely pays to be on the safe side.
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. Of course, routine line care and maintenance can greatly lengthen the life of your equipment but you will inevitably need to upgrade your gear eventually. When that time comes, never fear, we're always here to help!
Dirty fenders aren't just hard on the eyes, they can also leave ugly streaks and scratches down the hull of your boat that are hard to remove. Dirt, mildew, and sediment can build up on a fender's surface from years of use and abuse. Here are some tried and true methods for keeping your fenders looking good and operating properly for years to come.
Dogs can make great first mates whether you're setting sail for the long voyage or taking the boat out for some quick fun in the sun on your favorite lake. Dogs and boats can be a fun combo, but there are extra precautions you should take to ensure Fido remains safe and secure.
Equipping your boat with adequate ground tackle is an essential part of owning a boat. Before anchoring, or even before shopping for ground tackle, it's important to determine what type of load will be on the ground tackle. Understanding your holding needs as well as your equipment's working load limits play a vital role in keeping you safe on the water.
All anchor rode is not created equally. If you've shopped for anchor rode before, chances are that you have seen a variety of different anchor line types and wondered what the difference is. In this article, we will discuss the differences and similarities between the most popular styles of anchor line.
In today's modern world, there are a plethora of apps available to help us navigate our everyday lives. In recent years the boating world has benefited greatly from a variety of helpful apps that can help take your boating experience to the next level. Boaters today can download apps to help them log their trips, download nautical charts, reserve a slip, and even learn to tie essential boating knots. We have reviewed many of the apps on the market today and are sharing our best boating and fishing apps.
Anchor drag can send your boat unexpectedly veering out to sea, or worse, the rocks. Today there are a variety of tools boaters can use to alert themselves of unexpected drag and avoid the costly repercussions of drifting into the unknown.
If you use a windlass to help lower and retrieve the anchor on your boat, chances are that you've experienced the occasional snag, jam, or bind as your rode passes through the windlass. In this article, we will be covering the most common hang-ups that people experience and tips and tricks on how to avoid these mishaps in the future.
The windlass is a wonderful back-saving device that retrieves your anchor with just the push of a button. A properly maintained windlass is the key component of a well-functioning anchoring system. Do yourself a favor by following these tips and tricks to keep your windlass (and your back) operating smoothly for years to come.
Boat odors can come from a variety of sources. It's important to know where and what to look for to completely eliminate the source of the smell. Once you have an idea of where these odor hot spots might be, you can be better prepared to eliminate the odor and prevent them in the future.