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Re: Does anyone know of a galvanized anchor swivel that will actually swivel?
I went to my local commercial fishing store and bought a nice, made in the USA, HUGE burly galvenized anchor swivel to replace this one which came with my boat:
Only problem is that the first time I anchored with the new swivel it didn't swivel! This led to about 90min of swearing and muscling on the foredeck trying to get the twisted anchor chain on deck and then several hours of untwisting on deck. Urg! Back to stainless.
I don't like the stainless one for 2 reasons. It attaches with allen-head screws which are soft and are becoming rounded and impossible to to work with. Also the stainless causes my chain to rust. I cut a few links off every few years, but I don't want to have to do that.
So what brand of galvanized swivel will ACTUALLY SWIVEL??
I would be very wary of the pictured swivel. Some friends with a sister-ship to ours had that exact swivel and reported that it split along the length of the inner barrel during routine use. The were anchoring a 22,000# (loaded) displacement yacht with 5/16" G4 chain and a 55# Rocna anchor. The yacht is now on the hard in Trini for hurricane season and they are back for a visit with split swivel in hand and that in not reassuring.
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