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Old 22 June 2014, 11:03   #1
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Town: Caribbean
Boat name: Rib
Make: Avon
Length: under 3m
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Anchor chain

This is a recommendation for stainless steel chain.

For years I used a length of galvanized chain then a length of 3 strand nylon rope for anchoring.
The chain, although galvanized, continually rusted.
A few years ago I bit the bullet and bought stainless steel chain.
Despite the sticker shock, I have been extremely pleased with the chain.
There seems to be less growth on the stainless chain compared to the galvanized chain
I use it to anchor my 22 footer and also on the dinghy/rib rodes.

No, I have not progressed to stainless steel anchors . . . . yet.

What chain do you use?

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Old 23 June 2014, 00:58   #2
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Boat name: Uh...a kayak?
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Galvanized. I don't ever not want the fear to cut my anchor away and leave it behind. We have lost one of our local divers "possibly" due to him trying to recover his anchor. I have known others who were willing to take great risks to recover their anchors. I would rather just go and buy another cheap one, and not worry.

My anchor chain is rusting a little and even discoloring my rode. It doesn't bother me at all.

FWIW there are different levels of galvanizing quality.
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