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Join Date: Mar 2008
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extending existing BBB anchor chain
So I have 60' of 3/8" BBB and 140' of rope rode. I want to add 100' of 3/8" BBB, and was wondering if anyone has any experience using the 3/8" BBB links that are used to connect two sections of chain. ie; you put the link piece on the two sections of chain, and then on an anvil and hammer it all to hell and voila, you have longer chain.
Any experience with these links failing in a big blow (eg; 40kts+)? I am planning to switch to a 44lbs Delta or Bruce, or possibly a 60lbs Manson Supreme. Boat is 30k lbs loaded at 46'11" LOA, and intended usage is the Baja Mexico coastline (sandy), with most anchorages ranging from 20-30 ft (including my 5 ft from roller to water).
I don't want to have the right anchor and enough chain for a 5:1 only to learn that my 3B link between the 60' and 100' section is my weak link. The tried and true Svendsen's Marine chandlery folks (3 of them commented) swear you can sleep well with this config in a high wind/high seas situation.
Thx for any thoughts and advice.