Anchor Rode and Chain from CMP

The new integrated chain and rope anchor rode from Canada Metals (CMP) is a welcome addition to ground tackle for any boat.

Canada Metals (CMP) is no stranger to West Coast boaters – most of us have been using their anodes for years. In an effort to expand their product offerings, this past year CMP management purchased Rocna anchors to complement their Titan brand chain products. These chain products are industry-leading corrosion-resistant hi-test steel with a surface hardened treatment for long life. They make an ideal chain element for a chain and rope anchor rode combo. The chain gives weight to the rode to keep it close to horizontal and holding while the nylon rope adds stretch and give so the anchor set is not weakened in winds or swells.

To make this marriage more complete CMP engineers have developed a fully integrated anchor rode with nylon rope, which is factory spliced to a suitable length of Titan chain. This splice is precisely constructed so it feeds cleanly through the windlass gypsy without hesitation, making an easy transition from chain to rope.

CMP offers two common rope-chain combinations with rope diameters of one-half or five-eighths rope and in lengths of between 165 and 320’.

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Over the years Canadian Yachting has had the pleasure of doing several boat review articles on new Neptunus models and we are familiar with the qualities that Neptunus is famous for. They have all been exceptional yachts, but this is the one I would most want to own myself. It’s a personal choice and a matter of taste as to whether you would prefer to have a sedan express model or a flybridge but in my opinion, the flybridge layout offers some wonderful attributes.

We met with Neptunus Managing Director Jan Willem De Jong this past fall to take the new Neptunus 650F out in Lake Ontario. 

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A perfect sunset off St. John with St. Thomas views for backdrop.

Clearing Pillsbury Sound, surrounded by voluptuous emerald mountains as the ferry sliced through royal blue waters, I was struck by the unspoiled ambiance of St. John, the island gliding past our starboard beam and the irresistible charm of a village called Cruz Bay visible from our quarter stern.

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