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Custom Anchor Rode

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  • Custom Anchor Rode
  • 8-Plait spliced to G4 Chain
  • Slim & tapered splice to run seamlessly through your windlass
  • 8-Plait Rope
  • 3-Strand Rope spliced to G4 Chain
  • 3-Strand Rope
  • 3-Strand Rope
  • Custom Anchor Rode
  • Custom Anchor Rode
  • Custom Anchor Rode
  • Custom Anchor Rode
  • Custom Anchor Rode
  • Custom Anchor Rode
  • Custom Anchor Rode
  • Custom Anchor Rode


In Stock (updated 11/25/2021):

1/2" 3-strand rope

9/16" 3-strand rope

5/8" 3-strand rope

1/2" 8-plait rope

9/16" 8-plait rope

5/8" 8-plait rope

1/4" G4 chain

5/16" G4 chain

3/8" G4 chain

1/4" Dyneema

We are out (or have very limited inventory of):

1/4" stainless steel chain

5/16" stainless steel chain

We special order all:

5/16" Dyneema

3/8" stainless chain

Please allow 2-3 weeks to create anything requiring special order



When you know exactly what you want for your watercraft, design your own rode right here. 

Galvanized or Stainless? A few points to consider:

Stainless chain offers an aesthetics benefit for those who prefer the continuous shine of stainless on the bow of their boat.

Stainless chain avoids the issues concerning galvanizing and wear. It also stows nicely, because unlike galvanized chain it does not 'cone' in the chain locker (simply because the links are smoother).

Our galvanized chain is high-test G4 short link. It is hot-dipped and with proper care, will provide years of use.

Eight-Plait or 3-Strand

Here's a quick video about the pros and cons of each!

If you have ANY questions at all about what size rode you need for your chainwheel, please ask prior to ordering! Custom anchor rodes CANNOT be returned for any reason except unusual wear & tear or defects. Please check sizing prior to ordering.
**All rodes must be soaked prior to use, otherwise snags and slippage can occur. Ensure that you have the proper size and then soak from 2 to 24 hours before loading into your windlass.**
Our current production time for a custom anchor rode is 48 business hours if we have the materials in stock, or up to 3 weeks if we are waiting on inventory. Check current stock levels here:
We use UPS ground for our free shipping and can take up to 5/6 business days once your items ships. If you need your rode expedited, please call us to arrange for a different option.
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12 Reviews

  • 5
    Anchor rode custom spliced to 20 feet of chain

    Posted by Christopher J Ryan on 6th Sep 2021

    Super speedy service. Impeccable work. I would give more than 5 stars if it was allowed!

  • 5
    Custom Anchor Rode

    Posted by Kelly on 2nd Sep 2021

    The chain to rode splice was done very well!

  • 5
    8 plait anchor rode w/stainless chain

    Posted by Todd on 31st Aug 2021

    Dark Horse worked with me to make sure that my custom rode would work with my Lofrans windlass, and it was a perfect fit. Highly recommend!

  • 5
    Anchor Rode

    Posted by Robert on 19th Aug 2021

    Excellent product. Very supple rope and perfect splice to chain witch transitions from rope to chain through my Lewmar windlass perfectly. I would recommend Dark Horse Marine and will purchase more from them in the future. Lastly the shipping was ahead of schedule.

  • 5
    Custom Anchor Rode

    Posted by Jeff on 18th Aug 2021

    Solid product. I overlooked the supply chain issue we are having across all industries right now with regards to delivery timing. When I asked they were very transparent with me. That assured me I chose the right company for my needs.

  • 5
    anchor rode

    Posted by albert on 27th Jul 2021

    custom anchor rode (chain and 8 plait) worsks perfectly though my Lewmar V-700 windlass. I also needed to make a change the next day after ordering it online and spoke with Anna. She was extremely helpful and made the adjustments to the order that I wanted.

  • 5
    Custom Rode

    Posted by Lawrence McCourt on 26th Jul 2021

    Great customer service, prompt responses to questions on purchasing, and immediate processing and shipping. Highly recommended.

  • 5
    Custom anchor rode

    Posted by Michael on 8th Jul 2021

    They did a great job on making the custom anchor rode to my specifications. Along with great service and communication, HIGHLY recommended. Thank you, .

  • 5

    Posted by mark on 5th Nov 2020

    very well made

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