Chain galvanizing - SailNet Community
  • 1 Post By paulk
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 Old 05-27-2017 Thread Starter
Senior Member
aa3jy's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 2,433
Thanks: 3
Thanked 109 Times in 101 Posts
Rep Power: 14
Chain galvanizing

Need to re-galvanize my anchor chair.. My marina says "all the liberal tree huggers" has done away with that business in the Chesapeake Bay Area..
aa3jy is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 7 Old 05-27-2017
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: The house is in Kingsport, TN. Boats are on Watauga Lake and in New Bern, NC
Posts: 619
Thanks: 18
Thanked 90 Times in 79 Posts
Rep Power: 13
Re: Chain galvanizing

While it can be fun to blame "all the liberal tree huggers" when I called around I found that the galvanizers had enough business already and did not want to mess with small amounts of labor intensive chain.
wsmurdoch is online now  
post #3 of 7 Old 05-28-2017
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
Posts: 20,175
Thanks: 82
Thanked 573 Times in 549 Posts
Rep Power: 11
Re: Chain galvanizing

You might both be saying the same thing. Environmental restrictions may have put the small shops out of business. I'm good with not putting toxic chemicals in the earth or air, but wouldn't be surprised that smaller shop couldn't afford to upgrade to the safety standards. They are often draconian and based upon zero tolerance, not smart science.

I'm not sure if re-galvanizing anchor chain is the way to go. Used chain loses some of it's strength, just by using it. If the galvanizing has come off, perhaps it's lost a bit more, due to corrosion. Unfortunately, chain is a wear item and needs to be replace after a while. I think rinsing the locker down with fresh water helps significantly extend chain life. Eventually, you have to bite the bullet.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Jeanneau 54DS

In the harsh marine environment, something is always in need of repair. Margaritas fix everything.
Minnewaska is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Minnewaska For This Useful Post:
timangiel (05-28-2017)
post #4 of 7 Old 05-28-2017
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 214
Thanks: 55
Thanked 9 Times in 8 Posts
Rep Power: 7
Re: Chain galvanizing

I read Fatty Goodlander's book on anchoring recently. He calls it creative anchoring. He has a cycle where his 300' or so of anchor chain is regalvavized. He keeps on using it. He also anchors in the worst conditions that demand a lot from his gear. From his experience I would and plan to have my chain regalvanized. However that will likely not be done in the US.
gbgreen59 is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old 05-28-2017
Senior Member
paulk's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
Posts: 3,233
Thanks: 4
Thanked 84 Times in 83 Posts
Rep Power: 20
Re: Chain galvanizing

The river that is our anchorage had a battery factory on it. (Exide. You've probably heard of them. Not a mom & pop operation.) They apparently didn't pay much attention to the environment and closed the factory- without having followed the law too carefully. Swans eating from the sediment developed lead poisoning and died. Cygnets had birth defects and died. Geese, ducks, egrets and other shorebirds suffered as well. Shellfish and crabs were unsafe to eat. Sailors were advised not to even swim in the harbor. Signs posted midchannel by the Board of Health discouraged canoes and kayaks from paddling up river. Dredging up the sediment and removing the lead has made it possible to now eat the crabs and shellfish, and birds are born without birth defects. The chrome-plating company across the river from the battery plant has been in operation since 1946. It does not seem to have had runoff and other environmental problems, despite the toxic nature of their materials. Environmental cleanup is expensive, and there are reasons for having laws that keep pollution from happening. Having clean air and water means fewer illnesses and lower medical bills for everyone. If it makes small-scale galvanizing less profitable perhaps the solution is to consolidate chain from several boats and have it all done at once. There's more than one way to skin a cat. (Don't tell PETA I said that.)
svselkie02 likes this.
paulk is online now  
post #6 of 7 Old 05-30-2017
Senior Member
hpeer's Avatar
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Onboard
Posts: 1,293
Thanks: 15
Thanked 41 Times in 41 Posts
Rep Power: 15
Re: Chain galvanizing

I live in Philadelphia and looked around pretty hard a few years ago. Long story short I could. It find any place to do it. I even carted the chain to a guy in Newark, NJ who has some new tangled process. After testing the chain and finding it good he let it set in his shop for a few weeks and then said he was not interested. I bought new chain.

BUT....there is a guy in Rio Dulce who does it. Great excuse to go there!

33' Brewer, Murray 33, steel cutter
44' Pape, Steelmaid, cc steel cutter
hpeer is online now  
post #7 of 7 Old 05-30-2017
Senior Member
travlin-easy's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Maryland - USA
Posts: 6,609
Thanks: 1
Thanked 130 Times in 109 Posts
Rep Power: 9
Re: Chain galvanizing

Baltimore Galvanizing and Southern Galvanizing, both in Baltimore, are still in business and both do hot dip galvanizing, which is the best. However, if your anchor chain is really rusty, it will have to first be sand blasted in order for them to galvanize the chain. The cost of both the cleaning and galvanizing may be cost prohibitive, making it less expensive to purchase a new chain from a reliable, and inexpensive source.

travlin-easy is offline  

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Re-galvanizing chain, North Florida Vasco Gear & Maintenance 4 05-06-2014 09:48 PM
Chain to chain connectors on anchor chain kwaltersmi Gear & Maintenance 12 10-16-2013 10:24 AM
re-galvanizing near NY, any recommendations? Bene505 Gear & Maintenance 1 04-20-2012 12:03 PM
Hot dip galvanizing, Chain, and CQR lead LWinters Gear & Maintenance 9 07-11-2007 12:28 PM
re-galvanizing wumhenry Gear & Maintenance 9 03-13-2007 07:40 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome