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Basically, stainless steel anchors and chains are great for people who don't expect to use them much. If you're a long-term cruiser, and spend any significant time on the hook, a stainless anchor or rode will rust faster than a galvanized one, since stainless doesn't do well if it is deprived of a constant source of oxygen. Also, if the stainless is the cheaper, but stronger 304 grade, it is subject to chloride stress cracking, and can fail catastrophically, with little warning.
Personally, I'd avoid stainless chain and anchors. They're more expensive and less useful than their galvanized steel counterparts.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
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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