An anchor rope is something that is very important to those who are into fishing or sailing. The anchor rope has to absorb a lot of force due to the immense currents and harsh environments underwater, so it is very important that a rope is made in a sturdy manner. You can always have this done professionally, but it’s always better to understand how things work so that you could do repairs yourself onboard should the circumstances and certain situations call for it. It doesn’t hurt that doing it yourself is considerably cheaper.
To make your own anchor rope, you would need a three-strand nylon rope, a sharp utility knife that could cut through the rope, heavy duty glue, a lighter, Swedish fid, electrical tape and a metal anchor chain that would be attached to the braided rope.
Here’s how you braid an anchor rope:
Undo one end of the nylon rope. Unravel a foot of it so that you’ll have three strands untangled in the end. Most manufacturers usually burn the end of the rope to make sure that the strands don’t separate or fray so you may have to do some cutting to loosen some of the strands.
Take two ends of the freed strands and insert them into the last chain link. Make sure that they enter from the same side. The remaining strand should be threaded through the same chain link but from the opposite direction. In the end, you should have two strands going one direction and another strand going the opposite way.
The Swedish fid is a tool that allows you to insert the loose ends of the rope back into the still twisted part of the rope. All you have to do is to use the Swedish fid to introduce the loose ends of the rope into the sturdy bundle. Do this repeated until all the parts of the rope have been secured.
Make sure that you twist the rope in such a way that the reintroduced strands are really being wrung tight by the twisted strands of rope.
Keep and store your rope in an organized manner so that you can easily access it. Keeping it neatly spooled in a tight skein would help you keep the anchor rope in tip top shape for many years to come.
The anchor rope has a very significant function in keeping a boat steady in rough shallow waters. Always inspect your anchor rope to see if it would need repairs with a Swedish fid. It may be quite a mundane and not-so-easy task but the upkeep and maintenance of your boating and sailing equipment sure is easier to deal with compared to the inconvenience and hazards that they may pose should they fail while you’re using them out in open water.
So there you have it! May you have productive fishing trips and smooth sailing ahead.