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Milepost43 posted 12-01-2005 06:31 AM ET (US)   Profile for Milepost43   Send Email to Milepost43  
Took my first "fishing" saltwater trip yesterday in my 220 Dauntless. All went well and thanks to all for the saltwater "tips". Caught a lot of sheepshead and mangrove snappers.

My question is what do you do with the wet anchor rode? just leave in locker? lay on deck the next day to dry? Leave in locker with lid cracked? Thanks for any help.

Chuck Tribolet posted 12-01-2005 08:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I wind mine around the side rails on my Montauk and let it
dry. I know folks who just leave it in the locker

Nylon won't rot, but it will mildew.


fno posted 12-01-2005 09:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Rinse it thoroughly with fresh water. Salt crystals, when dry act as tiny knives on things like fabric and rope. Then if possible, leave the lid up for a day to dry the rode and anchor. If not, leave the lid open a crack so mildew doesn't start. Once that happens, bleach is the only sure cure.
bsmotril posted 12-01-2005 10:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
I rinse mine in the anchor well, filling the well quite full of water. Let it drain, and leave the lid up on the anchor locker. If it has a lot of mud on it, I'll flake it out on the ground to rinse it off. I'll then put it back in the locker for storage. I have not had any problems with premature failure, or the line getting stiff, and I boat in the hyper saline bays along the lower gulf. BillS
Chuck Tribolet posted 12-01-2005 11:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I agree, flush with fresh water.

Also, I only wind it on the rails at the end of the weekend.


where2 posted 12-01-2005 08:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Rinse with fresh water, and leave the anchor locker open to dry the rode. Fortunately, my boats both have full morring covers so leaving the hatch open is not an issue. My father has some anchor rode with 20+ years of salt water use with no ill effects (other than discoloration of the nylon line). The ones I am thinking of tend to get put away wet after their fresh water rinse... My issue with leaving the hatch open is to allow the water to escape and not form mildew inside the hatch.
swist posted 12-01-2005 09:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for swist  Send Email to swist     
You don't need to rinse it in fresh water unless it's dirty (came off a muddy bottom). I have no evidence whatsoever that the many saltwater nylon anchor rodes I have used over many years have suffered in any way from drying out with salt on them.

A lot of people in this forum seem to treat saltwater like some kind of awful poison. It certainly isn't to nylon rope.

bigjohn1 posted 12-02-2005 07:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     
Ditto here...I usually rinse my rode in fresh water but sometimes not if its late when I get in...its no big deal with a quality line. The New England brand of lines have never let me down in 100% saltwater useage.
Chuck Tribolet posted 12-02-2005 10:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
One more advantage of the freshwater rinse - it will make any
jellyfish tenticles on the line fire their stingers so they
won't sting you the next time you drop the hook. Sometimes
in Monterey we have jellyfish stampedes and they leave
tenticles all over the line.


David Livingstone posted 12-07-2005 08:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Livingstone  Send Email to David Livingstone     
Milepost43, don't use bleach on your lines or anchor rode. It can damage the fibers.


lakeman posted 12-17-2005 05:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for lakeman  Send Email to lakeman     
I have never directly rinced the anchor line and I fish only saltwater, 98% of the time. The line and anchor does get some fresh water and soap from just the washing my boat. No problems with line and anchor.
dogface posted 12-23-2005 06:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for dogface  Send Email to dogface     
I always rinse the anchor rode at the end of the day. Just wash it out in the locker.
tombro posted 12-23-2005 07:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
In my early SW boating, I never rinsed it at all, with no failures.

Now I do a periodic FW rinse and dry, with no failures thus far. I'm more neurotic, and sleep better when I do such things nowadays .-_-.

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