A Nylon rope spring to use in anchoring. The spliced on chain hook is for 8mm chain. The length of spring is 10m, and suits the technique mentioned on our anchoring pages. The breaking strain of the rope is over 2 tonnes, and should normally be quite sufficient for a boat using 8mm chain.
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See our anchoring page for more information and handy topis on anchoring.
To use the spring: Anchor as normal laying out chain for the depth plus a couple of metres, and secure to your bollard or cleat as normal. Now pull in 2m of chain, and secure the spring hook onto the chain. Run the spring line over the bow roller, and back along the deck to a cleat near the stern. This length of rope is stretchy and will absorb the load variations on the anchor, without allowing shock loading to either anchor or chain bollard. In any case the security of your chain still exists, and if the nylon rope failed, you still have the anchor and chain rode to rely on.
A 12m yacht anchored in F8 will typically exert 400kg on the anchor rode. This nylon spring can be considered suitable for more than twice that load.