I've been mulling this and couldn't find a previous thread discussing it. I know people talk about keeping a knife near your anchor line in case someone goes overboard (especially in high current areas like Cook Inlet) so you can cut it and go retrieve the MOB. Obviously a person's life is worth far more than an anchor and rode. But is there a way to avoid losing the rode?
I've been thinking about ways to attach a buoy to my anchor line - not the ring for pulling, but actually attached - that would be easy to attach and easy to detach when it came time to move. It would be positioned such that if I had to cut the line just above my cleat, it would remain attached to the anchor rode. I could hit the MOB function on my GPS, retrieve my MOB, and time permitting, return to retrieve my anchor/rode then splice it back in.
Has anyone heard of a system for this, or come up with their own solution?