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Custom Anchor Rode

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  • 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
  • Not pictured- 3/8" chain, which is larger than 5/16" chain
  • Chain too small for gypsy, doesn't fit in pockets well.
  • Chain correct size for gypsy- each link sits perfectly in each pocket.
  • Not sure what size chain you need? Look for a number inside your chainwheel.
  • Add on painted depth markers
  • Add on vinyl flags- sewn in place every 30' and windlass safe
  • 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 and speak to Anna.

In Stock (updated 04/20/2024):

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 (limited lengths)

1/4" stainless steel chain

5/16" stainless steel chain

1/4" Dyneema

5/16" Dyneema

We are out of:


We special order:

3/4" rope

3/8" G4 chain in long lengths

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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Additional Information

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29 Reviews

  • 5

    Custom Anchor Rode 150’ Three Strand Nylon Rope with 25’ of Chain

    Posted by Doug Lehn on 3rd Aug 2022

    Very impressed with this product. I knew as soon as I pulled it out of the box it was first grade material. It was packed amazing and came out of the package freely & without kinks! I purchased the same type of Rode from a competitor and I was extremely disappointed. It had over 9 kinks out of the box and you can tell they heat melted it in several spots because it was already frayed from the distributor. I sent it back right a way. This is a great product at an extremely fair price!

  • 5

    Custom Anchor Rode

    Posted by Troy on 21st Jul 2022

    My custom order was delivered in two business days of my order submission. The quality of the product and workmanship is outstanding. Thank you!

  • 5

    Custom anchor rode

    Posted by Michael Mastropiero on 4th Jul 2022

    Super high quality at a great price 8 - Plait rope with stainless chain fed through lewmar V 700 effortlessly . Excellent customer service , Great videos

  • 5

    Chain and 8 plait line

    Posted by Andrew Scavelli on 29th Jun 2022

    Everything worked and looked good

  • 5

    I got a 175' of 1/2 3 stranded nylon and 30' of 1/4" Chain. I am impressed. High quality Splice. Finished and tapered. Packed so I could get it out and no tangles, ty for that. One of the best parts is with extras like a soft loop and markers fo

    Posted by Stephen on 21st Jun 2022

    Professional grade Splice and a great price

  • 4

    Custom Anchor Rode

    Posted by Wayne Howard on 31st May 2022

    Beautiful splices well done. I would give a 5 star review except that the bitter end was buried in the box and I had to unpack the entire rode to find the the end that goes into the boat first.

  • 5

    Anchor line & chain

    Posted by Capt. Kevin Young on 8th Apr 2022

    The anchor line and chain the anchor I received were of exceptional quality. I receive it within 48 hours of ordering it. I would highly recommend Darkhorse

  • 5

    Anchor Rode

    Posted by Dave on 15th Mar 2022

    Excellent staff, very helpful and knowledgeable. Product was delivered on time and as promised!

  • 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!

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