Originally Posted by seapuppy
shrew...I thought I taught you better than that.....geezus...dress him up...send him to school ..and he still can't tell the difference between "line" and "rode"......
Oh SNAP!! I just got PWNED! LOL, sorry I couldn't resisit. (You can almost hear the urban dictionary sites spinning up now).
So TECHNICALLY, since the OP posted "rope" and we all know that it's only rope until it crosses the gunwale where it becomes LINE, AND everyone was so nice to not come down too hard on the OP with the standard rope vs. line disucssion (because this is by and large one of the most polite, accepting, and friendly forums I have ever been a member of (Heartfelt, not tongue in cheek on this part)). I figured I wouldn't muddy the water with the difference between Line and Rode.
but since SP threw down the gaunlet. RODE is technically the line, chain or combination of each which connect the ground tackle to the to vessel. One of the reasons it is referred to a RODE and not 'Anchor Line' is that RODE can be Line Only, Chain Only, Combination of Chain and Line, and even Cable. Whereas Line refers to a Rope on a vessel, and Anchor Line is rope used specifically as RODE, Line would not be technically applicable for applications such as Chain or Cable, which neither are Lines.
In this case, RODE is the combination of both chain and line and I was curious about the length and diameter of each, I referred to each as it's individual part, rather than the whole, where teh whole being Rode made up of both Chain and line.