The Jimmy Green Rigging Team splice Chain and Warp Anchor Rodes together to combine the best properties of the chain and the rope.
The weight and abrasion resistance of the chain is complemented by the stretchy nature of the rope extension.
The two components of the anchor rode can be spliced together by the Jimmy Green Rigging Team so that the join will pass over the bow roller, around the windlass gypsy and down the hawse pipe.
Some windlass models have a gypsy which will successfully grip and operate with rope as well as chain.
N.B. It is always best to follow the manufacturer’s recommendation with regard to the diameter and construction of the rope for the combination rope/chain windlass gypsy.
The manufacturer will make it clear in the owner's manual whether the gypsy is suitable for 3 strand twisted lay construction rope, Anchorplait (also known as Octoplait/Squareline) 8 strand construction rope, or indeed both.
3 strand only gypsys have been proven to work satisfactorily with Anchorplait over many years but you go against the manufacturer recommendation at your own risk.
There will also be a manufacturer recommendation on rope diameter which it is always necessary to follow.
Nylon is generally regarded as the optimum rope for anchoring because it is comparable in strength with the appropriate size of Grade 40 anchor chain and has the most stretch and therefore shock absorbing qualities.
Polyester is a suitable alternative
Both Nylon and Polyester are available in a 3 strand twisted lay construction or in a balanced 8 strand plaited construction known as Octoplait or Jimmy Green’s own Anchorplait.
Both constructions can be successfully spliced to chain.
N.B. The quality of the splicing is very important to the integrity of the rode.
A sub standard splice could compromise the working load capacity of the entire anchoring system.
Windlasses are also available with a warping drum for hauling rope if necessary.
If you already have a windlass, it is crucial to establish the size and calibration of chain and rope that will fit the gypsy before you order.
The Jimmy Green Rigging Team are on hand to help you to Determine the correct calibration and to research the diameter and construction of the rope recommended by the windlass manufacturer.
Jimmy Green Marine offer a choice of 4 different LIROS ropes and 3 different manufacturers for Hot Dipped Galvanised Calibrated Anchor Chain.
Select the appropriate sizing for your yacht:
- Find the column in the table below that best represents your Boat Length Overall.
- Compare your displacement with the tonnage listed.
- If it is greater than displayed in your column in the table, consider moving across to the next column to increase the diameter.
- Consider the worst-case scenario for your anticipated Anchoring - this will dictate whether you go for the minimum required or the 'belt and braces' approach
Benchmark Guide for determining the size of your Main Anchor Rode
Yacht Length Overall
< 6 metres
Approximate length in feet
Displacement in tonnes
Select the Anchor Rope (sub-category) that best suits your requirements.
LIROS Anchorplait White Nylon Article 01058JG - 100% Nylon (Polyamide) manufactured exclusively by LIROS Ropes for Jimmy Green Marine with the Jimmy Green designed Easy Splice Markers - UV stabilised, excellent weathering and wear resistance properties - The 8 strand construction (2 pairs left hand, 2 pairs right hand) gives a balanced performance and no twist under tension.
Anchorplait is the rope that will not cockle. In fact it flakes like chain.
Ideal for use as anchor warp as it will stay supple for the duration of its working life.
LIROS Break Load: 10mm 2400kg ~ 12mm 3300kg ~ 14mm 4400kg ~ 16mm ~ 5600kg ~ 18mm 7000kg - 20mm 8140kg ~ 24mm 11800kg ~ 28mm 15000kg ~ 32mm 20000kg
LIROS 3 Strand Nylon Article 00110 - 100% Nylon (Polyamide) manufactured to DIN EN ISO 1140 Standard (previously DIN EN 696, DIN 83330) - Heat set twisted lay construction offers the same strength and stretch properties as the 8 strand, Octoplait version, is less expensive but suffers a little from stiffness once used in water, especially in the bigger sizes - good UV stability, excellent wear abrasion resistance
Overall, a good anchor warp that will run smoothly over a rope/chain gypsy.
LIROS Break Load: 10mm 2400kg ~ 12mm 3300kg ~ 14mm 4400kg ~ 16mm ~ 5600kg ~ 18mm 7000kg - 20mm 8140kg ~ 24mm 11800kg ~ 30mm 17400kg
LIROS Octoplait Polyester Article 01049 - 8 Strand, Balanced, Square Braid Construction, 100% Polyester - super pliable, spliceable to chain, Reliable load capacity and abrasion resilience combined with excellent constructional shock absorption >15% working load stretch
LIROS Break Load: 10mm 2000kg ~ 12mm 2400kg ~ 14mm 3800kg ~ 16mm ~ 4700kg ~ 18mm 5800kg - 20mm 7600kg ~ 24mm 11600kg
LIROS 3 Strand Polyester Article 00111/01110 - manufactured to DIN EN ISO 1141 standard (previously DIN EN 697, DIN 83331)
Heat set twisted lay construction, dependable strength, excellent durability, UV weathering and abrasion resistance >15% working load stretch
Overall, a more supple but slightly less stretchy alternative to 3 Strand Nylon that will run smoothly over a rope/chain gypsy.
LIROS Break Load: 10mm 2000kg ~ 12mm 2600kg ~ 14mm 3600kg ~ 16mm ~ 5000kg ~ 18mm 6000kg - 20mm 7000kg ~ 24mm 10500kg ~ 30mm 14800kg
Select your Chain.
MF Grade 40 and MF DAMS Grade 70 Hot Dip Galvanised Calibrated Anchor Chain with Enhanced Solid Zinc Hot Dip Galvanising
Jimmy Green MF40/MF70 is sourced exclusively and directly from MF Catenificio Frigerio, a modern chain manufacturing plant in Italy.
MF Catenificio manufacture, hot dip galvanise, proof test and hall mark (stamp) MF chain in their own research, test and production facility.
The modern MF chain factory is located in Olginate, near Lecco, Lake Como, Italy.
Every link is proof-tested, and hallmark-stamped during the production process as a testament to their quality control.
The proof load testing process ensures that each individual weld has been completed successfully.
MF Calibrated Anchor Chain features enhanced Solid Zinc Galvanising treatment with greater micron depth and longer lasting corrosion resistance
Lofrans Grade 40 Calibrated Anchor Chain
Sourced exclusively from Lofrans, renowned worldwide for their range of top quality windlasses.
Lofrans manufacturing is based in Monza, Italy.
Lofrans have been producing top quality windlasses for over 50 years and now they have the chain to match.
Lofrans Grade 40 chain is clearly stamped LFR at regular intervals as testimony to their belief in the quality of their chain.
Titan Grade 40 Calibrated Anchor Chain
Titan™ Marine is a brand of Canada Metal (Pacific) specialising in World Class Marine Anchor Chain.
Titan Grade 40 Calibrated, hot dipped galvanised Anchor Chain is engineered and proof-tested in Canada to specifications exceeding industry standards.
Titan specification and break loads are testimony to the quality of the steel and the manufacturing process.
All Titan Grade 40 Chain is clearly embossed at regular intervals with G43, CMP and DIN766 or ISO as appropriate as a clear testament to their confidence in the chain and galvanising quality.
Maggi Catena AQUA4 Grade 40 and AQUA7 Grade 70 Calibrated Anchor Chain
AQUA4 and AQUA7 is sourced exclusively from the Maggi Group.
Maggi Catena manufacture, hot dip galvanise, proof test and stamp their Aqua 4 chain, all in house, at the Maggi Catena factory in Italy.
Every link is proof tested as part of the production process.
There are still some lengths available.
Select the combination (product) you prefer.
Build your rode, selecting the length of rope, the type of splice and the length of your preferred chain for an instant quote.
Our Delivery charge is based on the total weight and is calculated in the basket when you select your shipping destination.
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Once registered, e.g. UK Highlands, Islands, Channel Islands or Export throughout Europe and Worldwide, in most cases you will get an instant quote in the basket but for some obscure areas it may suggest that you get a Quotation.
You are welcome to collect from our Chandlery Store or from any event that we are attending in order to save this cost.
These instructions will guide you through the custom build process for your individual combination anchor rode requirement:
Anchor warps spliced to chain custom build instructions