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HELP me with choice of Anchor Chain

Currently I have 3/8th BBB anchor chain on my boat and it is at the end of it's life.

I need 2 x 200 feet and at the local price of $7.95 a foot that is $3180 OK I can negotiate a discount but at best it is still going to be about $2700.

BUT they can also offer me a 10mm metric chain din 766 made by Canada metals which will be comparable in strength is reputed to last well and best of all is $3.95 a foot. It should fit my existing gypsy but even if I have to buy a new gypsy at $195 I am still ahead on the deal.

Does anyone know of a problem with this metric chain.

Is there any other chain option I should be considering.

Boat is 44 feet fairly light and I live on the hook in the Caribbean year round. [Yeah I know tough life but someone has to got to do it. ]
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Re: HELP me with choice of Anchor Chain

Most probably metric chan will not work with your gypsy. In case the metric chain is from a reputable manufacturer, it will be at least strong as 3/8 chain. Make sure you add the cost of replacing the gypsy.
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Re: HELP me with choice of Anchor Chain

The metric chain is a tad larger than the 3/8ths bbb you are currently using, but your gypsy will likely handle the slight difference. Before rushing out to find another gypsy I would suggest purchasing a 1-foot length of chain and see hot it fits on the gypsy. If it works, no problem. If it doesn't, looks like you'll have to shell out some additional money. Either way, you're ahead of the game.

BTW: West Marine has the 3/8-BBB Chain for $5.24 per foot, and they'll match prices anywhere in the U.S.. Take a look at ACCO BBB Anchor Chain at West Marine

Gary
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BTW: West Marine has the 3/8-BBB Chain for $5.24 per foot, and they'll match prices anywhere in the U.S.. Take a look at ACCO BBB Anchor Chain at West Marine

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Unfortunately or fortunately [ depends how you look at it ] I am in the Windward / Leeward Islands so it is local and expensive chandlers only.
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Unfortunately or fortunately [ depends how you look at it ] I am in the Windward / Leeward Islands so it is local and expensive chandlers only.
What about having someone come visit you and put it in their luggage. Just kidding!!!!

Does Canada metals make the chain or is it outsourced to China? If it is made in the N America, I would honestly be fine with it. Galvanized tight? Can you buy a small portion to see if it works on the gypsy? Tried calling Canada metals? That is just what I would do.

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Re: HELP me with choice of Anchor Chain

I would think about doing the same--buying a short length and see how it fits the gypsy.

Sure wish I were in the Leeward Islands right now. I haven't been there in more than 50 years, but I can still recall them vividly--beautiful!

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