How much anchor rope is needed
I'm thinking about upgrading my anchor rope. Interested in thoughts on how much is required or desired.
I have a stressfree freefall drum winch which I highly rate. It has about 70 useable meters of 3 strand 8mm nylon and 8mm chain, so I can reliably anchor in maybe 25 meters but have hooked up on rock in 30 meters before.
The drum can hold 90 of 8mm rope and 8mm of 8mm shortlink chain. I think previous damage has shortened it which is why I have 75m now.
I'm thinking of keeping the chain and 10m of the 8mm nylon and putting on 160m of 6mm doublebraid either nylon or polyester. This will increase my anchoring range to around 60-80m for fishing. (The manufacturer rates the drum capacity for this)
There is a possibility to add more if I put 100m of 4 or 5mm dyneema on the bottom of the drum.
Question is: Is it really worth it? It seems like holding a spot on anchor with that much rope out would not really be possible with that much swing which is usual in anything less than perfect weather.
What do you guys think?
Cruisecraft outsider 5.75m
Mercury 150 4St