10 Tips for Preparing Your Anchor Rode for Winter Storage

Category: Boat anchors

Your boat anchor and its chain and rode probably don’t rank high up in your to-do list when putting your boat to bed for the winter. However, it is a job you need to look after, and it surely isn’t all that difficult when compared with some tasks.

After removing your anchor and rode from the anchor locker, give it a great hose right down to flush the gook and grime that’s accumulated. You should ensure that the drainage holes aren’t clogged with debris. Hose down your anchor and chain. This really is a great time to examine your chain and shackles for just about any signs of damage. A bucket of appropriate size makes an excellent storage container for the chain.

If available, fill a container with fresh water and rinse out your rode. If it is extremely dirty, then you should add gentle detergent to the water. The salt and sand may be abrasive and wear the fibers of your line. Salt prevents the rode from drying properly, so this really is very important if you’re boating in salt water.

Although mildew and algae don’t look particularly appealing, neither one weakens synthetic rope. But, if you would like your boat’s line looking its best, you can soak it in vinegar water. Don’t use bleach, because it is harmful and can degrade the integrity of your rode.

Hot water created by your water heater is no problem for washing your line. Polyester and nylon rope are unaffected by water at that temperature range.

If you wish to wash your rode in a washing machine, daisy chain the line to avoid it from becoming tangled. You can even put it in a mesh bag or pillowcase in order to avoid knots and tangles. Make use of a twist tie to keep the bag closed. You can also use the machine’s delicate cycle when washing your lines.

You should use a little bit of fabric softener to soften your rode. However, do not use much, since it will prevent the line from drying properly.

Do not make use of a power washer to completely clean your rode. The high-water pressure could cause hidden underlying damage to the core of the line.

Flake your rode out in the shade so that it can air dry. Nylon line should not be sun dried, as prolonged contact with ultraviolet rays can damage the fibers.

Make use of this time to examine your rode for any fraying or deterioration. Slightly worn rode could be put to other uses to increase their useful life, but an anchor rode should continually be in tip-top condition.

 

About the Author Aaron

Hi, I'm Aaron Cardwell. I did not think of myself as an auto enthusiast until I bought my first car and discover how much fun driving is. Also, using vehicles or any means of transportation is a way of life. I know how greatly it impacts our daily lives.

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