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Chain measurement

I inherited a box of anchor chain (about 50m of it) with the boat, but it looks to be a size too small for me to use for anything much right now. It's in good nick so I was considering maybe selling it on EBay.

To do that though, I need to work out exactly what it is I've got sitting here. What do I need to measure to work it out and how do I do it? Can anyone recommend any good tables on line I could use??

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I inherited a box of anchor chain (about 50m of it) with the boat, but it looks to be a size too small for me to use for anything much right now. It's in good nick so I was considering maybe selling it on EBay.

To do that though, I need to work out exactly what it is I've got sitting here. What do I need to measure to work it out and how do I do it? Can anyone recommend any good tables on line I could use??

Thanks.
Why not just nip off a single link and head on down to local chandlery ? Find chain that matches and you are done.
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Why not just nip off a single link and head on down to local chandlery ? Find chain that matches and you are done.
Nice idea.. I'll give it a try. I'm guessing Whitworths would have the largest range and be less likely to ask me how much I wanted to buy!

I suppose an angle grinder is the only way to cut chain??
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Re: Chain measurement

No, but its easier than a hacksaw. A skilsaw with a metal cutting blade will work.
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Or a big set of bolt cutters...
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Re: Chain measurement

Bolt Cutters for sure .... surely you have bolt cutters on board your termite mound Hartley ? How else do you plan to cut away the rigging when the chain plates let go ?

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Bolt Cutters for sure .... surely you have bolt cutters on board your termite mound Hartley ? How else do you plan to cut away the rigging when the chain plates let go ?

bwahaha .....
Cheeky Wombat!.. of course I do. They're about as rusty as my current anchor chain though.

It might work, perhaps, but personally I wouldn't have thought bolt-cutters would be strong enough to cut through high-tensile anchor chain. If they could, I'd be wanting to buy new chain!
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Re: Chain measurement

I have bolt cutters on board for that very reason....but when I re-did the steering cable I tried to cut the 7x19 wire and it would not cut, but crushed it flat. Without shears I would cut rigging away at the swage.
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I have bolt cutters on board for that very reason....but when I re-did the steering cable I tried to cut the 7x19 wire and it would not cut, but crushed it flat. Without shears I would cut rigging away at the swage.
Ok.. if you say so, I'll give it a try. Thanks Simon.
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Re: Chain measurement

You have very high expectations for your chain. Most bolt cutters will take care of this job quite easily.
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