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Join Date: Dec 2006
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Re: Can I raise 1/2" anchor chain by hand?
If your boat is not seaworthy it may well be better to put her up on the hard where you can do work properly lots of old wooden boats sink every year creating navigation hazards. Then get a chain anchor that will suit the long term use of the boat. Don't just keep your boat out in an anchorage because it is free. Anchors are not designed for long term storage of a boat storms, tides and currents can make them constantly reset and you can easily drift into another boat or the shore. Moorings are designed (especially proper iron mushroom anchors) for long term storage, and will stay put no matter how many times the boat drifts around it. Moorings are designed to be pulled from any angle, where anchors are not. Proper tool for the proper job. For long term storage I doubt it matters what size chain you use, sure the old timers say it is chain but they are also often the boats that sink. My suggestion is get a proper mooring, rent a slip or have the boat hulled out. Not likely what you want to hear though and if you don't I hope for the boats around you that your insurance is paid and up date.
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