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Re: Anchor chain badly rusted after first 90'

Never mind - some Google research reminded me that there is a big difference between zinc and galvanized. I need to go with galvanized....
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I believe Bacons in Annapolis has the best price on chain. Check them out!


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Good idea! But they don't show any BBB or Hi-test on their web site. Will call them
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https://www.1st-chainsupply.com/chain/chain.htm
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Re: Anchor chain badly rusted after first 90'

Defender is less per foot, no sales tax if out of CT, but you do have to pay for shipping.
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Re: Anchor chain badly rusted after first 90'

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We have a windless that calls for BBB or Hi-Test 3/8" chain.

West Marine has 3/8" Hi-Test for $6 (galvanized)

Home Depot has Everbilt Hi-Test 3/8" for $3.88 (Zinc plated)

That is a pretty big difference if I'm getting about 150'

Does "Hi-Test" imply a standard that is likely to be the same between WM and HD - or is this a case of "you get what you pay for"?

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Google "NACM welded chain specifications" and you will see the actual differences in straighten and size.

No, you do NOT want zinc plated chain. it will begin to rust in a year or even less.

Finally, make certain the shackles are as strong as the chain, a challenge with G43 high test chain.

If the splice will be passing through the windlass, use an irony splice. Much better, though it takes some practice.

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Re: Anchor chain badly rusted after first 90'

I went shopping for new chain a couple of years back. 300 ft of 1/2" high test. I found Defender to be the best deal, shipping and all.


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....300 ft of 1/2" high test.....
You weren't playing around...
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Right on. I used to have 200ft that was in good shape, but wanted the extra scope. We have a few anchorages around here that are 30-50ft, if you don't get there early enough for a more shallow spot. Even if you do, you get everyone huddled around you. I love the freedom of anchoring virtually wherever I like. When it blows in the 20s or higher overnight, the anchorages are often sparsely populated, so I can let out some serious scope and sleep like a baby.

I'm tempted to violate my no Block Island in Jul or Aug rule this weekend. No doubt, only the 50ft hole in the middle of the anchorage stands any chance of having a spot over Labor Day weekend.


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Re: Anchor chain badly rusted after first 90'

You have been regularly exposing 90 feet to the atmosphere. The other 90 feet has been sitting constantly in salt water. Corrosion is to be expected. As others have said, connect the good 90 feet to some nylon line and dump the rest.
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