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post #17 of Old 09-27-2018 Thread Starter
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Re: Simpson Lawrence gypsy not matching chain

For the hassle of replacement plus the $1000 for the new gypsy, it's easier to replace the chain, cut my losses and sell it on craigslist. The gypsy is in excellent condition as this boat's spent most of her life in a marina and day sailed. The old chain needed replacing because it sat in the bottom of the chain locker for 20 years and rusted to (literally) pieces! We recently did the first haul out of the boat since we bought her, and we decided to re-mark the chain and found when we pulled it out on the dock, it wasn't all connected! The links were rusted to within a hair's width. This was the chain on the very bottom of the pile. The first 100' were ok, but we would have got a hell of a fright if we needed all of it. Warning to everyone who hasn't inspected the entire length of their chain in a while, or since they bought the boat from someone else. Upon inspection, the entire chain should have been pulled out, not just visually inspected from the top of the pile. My bad. Thanks for your help!
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