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Chain to chain connectors on anchor chain

We purchased a new-to-us boat (Catalina 34) this fall that came with a primary anchor rode with two chains (5/16"?) connected by a quick-link chain connector (first picture below). However, I'm Not sure that I like the two chains being connected.

Is the quick-link up to the task (if properly sized)? Or should I replace it with a mid-link connector (second picture) or link w/ peened rivets (third picture)?

I've also got a secondary anchor rode (1/2" 3-strand line, 1/4" BBB chain), but prefer the the larger chain of the primary if the connection is ok. What do you think?

Quick-link similar to what's on the primary chain in question:


Possible mid-link alternative:


Possible riveted connector alternative:
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