Hi ross we are heading to the kimberley end march first time in that area we are on 36 ft cat 6 tonne approx loaded, with 50 mtrs of anchor chain plus plenty of cray rope if needed i have room for another 35mtrs in chain locker apart from the cost the thing i dont like is using a 2$ joiner to join chain do i really need 80 mtrs of chain regards dave
I have a similar question……we will be on an 8mt aluminium mono-hull boat approx 4.ton loaded with 100mts 8mm braid rope and 10mts of chain. This is what we always moor with. We are taking a full spare set up as well. Does anyone have any advice if this is sufficient?
All chain is the best way to go. You might end up anchoring with coral or rock in the area. Expect to get some days when it blows +25 knots, when you need the weight of the chain to take the tension.
I have 100M of chain, and I regularly put out 40-50M as a minimum. But that is 48T of boat.
You’re likely to be anchoring in depths of 2M to 6M at low tide in most places. But allow for 10M of tide in the west Kimberley, and 3-6M in the east Kimberley. So 6+10=16 and allowing for 5:1 scope in a 25 knot blow, you could need 80M of rode, but unlikely.
Common sense would be to move anchorage if you know its going to blow. Go somewhere where its shallower and more sheltered.
I agree with your comment about the $2 joiner. But take the extra 35M of chain just in case.