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Forget a deal-been there done that.If you have a large amount of money hanging on the end of some chain,shackles and ground anchors take it from me you buy the most expensive heavy duty rated shackles you can get;the biggest anchors or blocks you can afford and the heaviest best quality chain you can afford.
After 3 years in the water I lost three pins out of my mooring shackles-one either side of the swivel and the final straw the one attaching the riser to the ground chain.All three events occured within a few weeks of each other every time luckily on a calm day and after I had just returned from several months away in New Zealand.
The shackles were heavy duty and appeared well made but not the best quality or rated.
My replacement system is as above!
Get a copy of Earl Hinz (USN captain retired)book- Anchoring and Mooring-a very experienced captain of small yachts and big naval ships.