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Old 07-07-2012
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Opinions on anchor swivels

I have a 45 lb. CQR with 200 feet of 5/8 BBB chain and 400 feet of rope anchor rode attached.
I have never used an anchor swivel before, but on the same hand I have never had to deal with so much chain and rode before, it's over 400 lbs dry.
I have a Lofrans vertical windlass with 880 lbs. of pulling force.
I am a believer in keeping it simple but with 200 feet of chain a swivel seems to make a lot of sense.
I don't anchor that much and most of my anchoring is in <50 feet of water. The extra rode is for a stern anchor, stern tieing, or an emergency bow anchoring.
The reason for a swivel is obvious but has anyone had problems with there swivels, ie; all out failure, falling apart, speading apart.
What designs are best, clamshell, dual rings with a bolt, dual barrels with an internal bolt? Some are stainless, some a galvinized.
What seems to work the best?
Constructive opinions please.
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