Looking at traditional three strand versus plaith. Apparently the plaith is less prone to kinking and takes up less space in the locker, but is almost twice the price. Anyone have any experience here? Is it worth the extra money?

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Absolutely worth every cent!  You will go through three times the three strand, hate the kinking and fraying not to mention the increased possibility of loosing your anchor and chain.  Get the 8 strand woven plaith and never look back!

Dave Wilson

42' Commander "Valhalla"

Make sure you use a swivel also.

Hi I went with 8 strand plaith saves space.


I use 8 strand and chain - I don't see the rode very often but it coils up nicely in the anchor locker.

If you decide to use a swivel, do some research on how they fail and the ways you can connect them to help them not fail. Hidden corrosion seems to be one issue. Not installing them directly on the anchor (short length of chain between the anchor and swivel) will avoid horizontal stress on the swivel.
Personally I decided I didn't want to fall asleep with a swivel as a part of my anchor tackle. I've never felt the need for one, but I'm sure they are very helpful in some situations.

While we are on the subject of anchor tackle, I would also ensure that every component is rated. There are a lot of cheap products that are not rated, particularly shackles. Rocna has a great sizing guide, but the site seems to be down at the moment (it was kb.rocna.com)

Well that settles that...guess I’m going plaith. Thanks guys!!

Thank you all who recommended I go with the 8-strand plait.  HOLY COW - what a difference between that and having the correct anchor chain size for my windlass.  We anchored out for a bit on Saturday, and the whole experience was much more pleasant without the chain and line getting all tangled/jammed.  That plait is seriously nice stuff and well worth the extra paid for it.

Thanks again, guys!

Matt, What size Plaith did you decide to go with?

It’s 5/8” - what the instructions for my windlass specified. Soooooo much nicer!!

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