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Re: Chain to chain connectors on anchor chain

Mark, Aventyr60, thanks for the inputs. My Catalina 34 (cruising “sling” weight will be between 15,000-16,000 pounds) has a Maxwell (V500?) windlass with a rope-rode capstan. They make a gypsy/capstan combo head windlass that will work with ¼ regular coil chain and an all-gypsy capstan head for ¼ inch proof (BBB) coil. I will need to check if they sell a gypsy head for my windlass that will accept 5/16 chain. If I go 5/16, do I need it as schedule BBB? I currently have 40’ of the stuff on my “cruising” anchor and it is heavy and I have to hand-over-hand it into the boat. What I’ve read in the charts, ¼ inch is acceptable. What do you guys with real practical experience think? As I am about two years from heading South, I figure if I start shopping now, I’ll be able to score a bargain on ground tackle. Thanks again, and I’m really enjoying this discussion.
George B
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Alameda, Ca.
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