Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: Chain manufacturers
My boat displaces around 13000#. Thinking about how much force can be applied when that amount of weight reaches one end of a swing in a 40 knot wind and gets yanked back the other way... well...it's a LOT of force. In Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook, he has some pretty startling recommendations on chain sizing and the forces that can occur on anchor rodes. There is also some controversy on whether shock loads are more damaging to hardened chain than to "bendable" softer chain. I am using 3/8" G4 and wouldn't go below that. It's also large enough to get a good grip on when hauling in by hand. (my back hurts just thinking about it:-).
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Last edited by smurphny; 04-24-2013 at 10:05 PM.