Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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It's absolutely 5/8 chain. I bought it from a friend in need of some cash for 100 buck's. It seem's large, and it is. But when I anchor in 12 feet of water and put out 100 feet of that chain and my 45' anchor I do not worry. Set it and Forget it. I do not have an engine. A good heavy anchor system IS my insurance. You just get up there, sit, wedge your feet in good, and pull. When you get directly above it, pull faster, take a wrap when the anchor is "aweigh" fall off, and sail out of the anchorage. I've done it in all conditions, all times of day or night, with a lot of room and in tight anchorages. I've actually broken 3/8 chain in a storm when my anchor got hung good on some debris. When I got it up. there where links separated at the welds! On the 5/8 rig I put in a shock absorber made of a piece of 3 strand. Over here in the Key's, the Bahama's and Central America, there is never a reason to anchor in 60' of water. In those conditions you use a lot of line and a boat length chain.You need a 5:1 ratio. 60 foot of water is 300 feet of line.
WOW! My back hurts just thinking about it
But, as you say, you're not going to worry about slipping once it's set. I've been thinking about going to 200' (1/2 barrel) of 3/8" instead of the 50' so as not to worry about the nylon chafing on coral or anything else. Thinking of lifting 200' of it by hand has been the main reason I've not done it yet, as well as the ridiculous cost. I think staying with ACCO or a proven name is worth the extra cost (about $4.90 a foot). ACCO 3/8" G4 chain has a 5400# rating, more than my 35' will ever stress it. I do not have the power to support an electric windlass but will probably install a used manual windlass sooner or later if I see one for a good price.
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