We will discuss the different size anchor rope bags available to help you determine what size anchor rope bag is right for you. They are also referred to as anchor rode bags.
If you are unaware of the term, rode, it generally refers to the whole anchor line setup. Typically the anchor rope and chain together. We will use this term interchangeably.
There are a few common sizes to choose from and the size that is right for you will really come down to how much and what type of anchor rope or anchor rode bag you need to accommodate.
There are some things that you want to consider beyond the size, so when choosing what size anchor rope bag you need, you will want to make sure that it is made out of a UV mesh material. This will allow water to pass through the material and withstand being outdoors in the elements its whole life or a good portion of its life.
Another thing to consider is to make sure that all other hardware on the anchor rode bag is made of stainless steel, aluminum or solid brass.
One thing to be cautious about on the grommet that you will typically find on the bottom of an anchor rode bags is that it may appear to be brass, but is only brass plated. The easy test is to put a magnet on the brass grommet and if it sticks to it, it is either brass plated or has so much iron in it that it will rust out eventually. Especially in salt water environments.
A standard size anchor rope bag will typically be a little bigger than a 5 gallon bucket and will accommodate the amount of rope needed for typical river and lake anchoring.
As the sizes go up, they will hold a substantial amount more of anchor rode or rope that may be needed for ocean going vessels, including sailboats.
At the end of the day, when you you ask, what size Anchor Rope bag do I need? You want to make sure that it is made of strong materials that are UV resistant.
Hope this helps!
For more information on getting the right anchor rope bag for you, go to www.anchor-caddie.com