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Chain - eliminating the weak link

I have two 60' pieces of 3/8 galvanized BBB chain, which I want to link together to use as anchor chain. There are several types of chain links available. Which ones are the best? I heard good things about Accor links but could not find them online.

Is there a significant reduction in working load limit of the entire rig when using chain links? I am not using a windlass (that's in lieu of my gym membership), so would it be better to use two big shackles to connect the two ends?

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Re: Chain - eliminating the weak link

3/8th BBB has a working load limit of 2,650#. If you use a shackle to join chain links then it should be stamped with WLL or working load limit. The rule of thumb is to use one standard size larger for the shackle. The anchor shackle is more of a round shape for joining lengths of chain you can use a chain shackle which has more of a "D" shape than the anchor shackle.
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Re: Chain - eliminating the weak link

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I have two 60' pieces of 3/8 galvanized BBB chain, which I want to link together to use as anchor chain. There are several types of chain links available. Which ones are the best? I heard good things about Accor links but could not find them online.

Is there a significant reduction in working load limit of the entire rig when using chain links? I am not using a windlass (that's in lieu of my gym membership), so would it be better to use two big shackles to connect the two ends?

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When the pin ends are properly peened down (the function of the ball on a "ball peen hammer") the chain link illustrated above is quite adequate. See (click on) ConnLink38 Chain Link. This item may also be available through SailNet which we should support if possible (all things considered, eh?)

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