All-chain rode is the overwhelming choice for long-distance sailors, though a chain-rope combination might be better if you need to be weight-conscious. We carry 315 feet of chain, which allows us to put about 300 feet in the water — enough, in other words, to anchor deep with plenty of scope. And the quality matters too; Galactic came with ⅜-inch proof coil chain, which we upgraded to ⅜-inch G40 for twice the safe working load at about the same weight. If you do go for high-test chain, remember that the increased strength is wasted if you don't use high-strength shackles. And, as always, it's possible to save a buck and get sailing sooner rather than just dreaming of your escape; for example, on Pelagic we used ⅜-inch BBB, a cheaper choice than G40 that worked fine.