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Custom Anchor Rode

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  • Custom Anchor Rode
  • Custom Anchor Rode
  • Custom Anchor Rode
  • 8-Plait (or 8-strand) Rope
  • 8-Plait Splice- tapered and ends burned in place
  • 8-Plait with G4 galvanized chain
  • 3-strand Rope with splice
  • 3-Strand Splice with taper and ends burnt in place
  • Each splice is secured with whipping twine beneath the first link. A space is left to allow for the chain to move.
  • G4 galvanized chain
  • G4 stainless steel chain available in all sizes
  • Add on vinyl flags- sewn in place every 30' and windlass safe
  • Add on painted depth markers
  • Custom Anchor Rode
  • Custom Anchor Rode
  • Custom Anchor Rode


How long does a custom anchor rode take to make?

If the materials are in stock (see below), your order will typically be created within 2-3 business days. We then ship it using UPS ground from Clearwater, FL. If your rode includes a special order item (see below), it could take up to a few weeks to create. If you have a specific timeframe for a special order anchor rode, please give us a call to discuss first: 727-489-4533 or email at


If you need lengths longer than what is listed or larger sizes, please call or email with your specs and your shipping address. Items over 150 lbs must be shipped freight and materials may need to be special ordered. 


In Stock (updated 06/12/2024):

1/2" 3-strand rope

1/2" 8-plait rope

9/16" 3-strand rope

9/16" 8-plait rope

5/8" 3-strand rope

5/8" 8-plait rope

1/4" G4 chain

5/16" G4 chain

3/8" G4 chain

1/4" stainless steel chain

5/16" stainless steel chain

1/4" Dyneema

 5/16" Dyneema

We are out of:


We special order all:

3/4" rope

3/8" stainless chain

1/2" chain


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 2-3 business days if we have the materials in stock, or up to 3 weeks if we are waiting on inventory. 
We use UPS ground for our free shipping and can take up to 5 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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29 Reviews

  • 5

    Customer service

    Posted by Scott Sweet on 30th Apr 2024

    Fast fast delivery , excellent customer service and support, will always do business with them on the future .

  • 5

    Custom 1/4 G4 chain and 8 plat rode

    Posted by Brad Cohen on 21st Apr 2024

    Ordering was easy from the web store, with plenary of options to choose from. Free shipping was a plus. Happy with the turnaround and delivery time (less than 2 weeks). Chain is of good HD quality and rode is great 8 plat type. Very happy and telling my nautical friends about Dark Horse Marine.

  • 5

    Anchor rode and chain

    Posted by Jeremy on 15th Feb 2024

    Excellent craftsmanship

  • 5

    Anchor , rode, and anchor swivel

    Posted by Andy nelson on 4th Dec 2023

    Excellent and high quality job .. the only thing I was missing in my shipment was the anchor swivel but I’ll call in tomorrow.. thanks you guys

  • 5

    Anchor rode/chain

    Posted by JWill on 18th Jun 2023

    Great customer service , fast and shipped/delivered as promised. Rope and chain splice is well done and packaging /prep instructions made for an easy install.

  • 5

    Custom Chain and Rode

    Posted by Barry Agosti on 26th May 2023

    Was able to get exactly what I wanted very quick at a good price.

  • 5

    Custom anchor rode

    Posted by Dennis michels on 24th Apr 2023

    I have not used it yet, however the customer service was super, the dilivery was fast, 4 days and the price was by far the cheapest. I wish all my boating purchases were this good.

  • 5

    Custom Anchor rode

    Posted by Rob feliciano on 8th Dec 2022

    Amazingly well job done very happy with my windlass anchor line and my stainless steel Chain is beautiful. Thank you darkhorse marine awesome!! A++

  • 5

    8 Plait Anchor Rode

    Posted by Geof w/ Mr Outboards Watersports on 5th Aug 2022

    Just received and have soaking. Company was wonderful to work with, VERY knowledgeable, tremendous assistance offered on the front end so we should have 0 issues on the water. Rode came boxed and bagged so pre-soaking was a piece of cake. The bitter end was separated and labeled to assist with install.

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