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Re: Simpson Lawrence gypsy not matching chain

Originally Posted by MarinaOnMaui View Post
Good point. Upon closer inspection of the chain there were also links in it that connected different chain, so it's possible the original piece was BBB and then they added G4. Who knows. It's a mess. The only problem with changing to 5/16 is I'm not sure if it's strong enough fo the boat which is 21,000 lbs and a 45lb Bruce.
No chain you can fit aboard your boat is going to be strong enough to hold your boat (21,000#) if it is straight from the anchor to the boat, not even our ˝" BBB! You must set yourself up with a nylon snub line for elasticity in the setup. Personally, I'd always go with the heaviest chain your gypsy can handle, not the more expensive smaller size G-4.
In 1971 I had my 3/8" BBB chain break in Hanalei Bay, Kauai when the wind swung north and the boat began pitching in the rising seas. I immediately thereafter set up a snub line and have always used one when anchoring since and have never broken my chain again.

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