Actually, most of these people have ignored or forgotten the most important question.
Do you have a windlass?
If so, what size chain does it require you use?
If you don't have a windlass, get whatever you want... but if you do have a windlass, the gypsy on it will only take a specific size chain. For instance, the Anchorman windlass, I have on my boat, will only take 5/16" G4 high-tensile strength chain. I have to use 5/16" G4 chain if I want to be able to use the windlass.
BTW, don't get a second piece with the idea that you can join it to the first piece and get a longer length if you have a windlass. Most of the couplers that you could possibly use won't fit the windlass gypsy and will cause it to throw the chain when you're using it. Also, most of the couplers are significantly weaker than the chain would be by itself, and will become a weak link, literally, in your anchor rode.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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Last edited by sailingdog; 05-02-2007 at 08:10 AM.