Assessing the Anchor Kellet
A weighted rode fights keel wraps, but won’t boost holding in storms.
One of all-chain rode’s most popular features among cruising sailors has little to do with anchoring—and everything to do with stowing. With a well-designed bow roller, windlass, hawse hole, and chain locker, your rode and anchor will deploy and stow belowdecks faster and with far less effort than nylon rode requires. But for a smaller boat without a windlass or deep chain locker, an all-chain rode is often impractical. Even cruising sailors who are perfectly equipped for all-chain anchoring often find that their nylon secondary anchor better is suited for some anchoring situations.