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Old 11-06-2011, 12:23 AM   #1
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Adding chain w/o weak link

I have 150' of 5/16" G4 chain on my anchor and would like to install additional chain. *All the links I can find to splice the two lengths together would result in a weak link having considerably less strength than the rest of the gear. *

I want a link that will work in my windlass gypsy. *Any ideas?

I've considered having a link welded and galvanized but I thought there might be an easier option. *

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Old 11-06-2011, 04:10 AM   #2
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http://www.watermansupply.com/fittin...ngs-chain.html

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http://www.wescovan.com/catalogs/Mar...n&Fittings.pdf


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Old 11-06-2011, 12:25 PM   #3
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RE: Adding chain w/o weak link

Rick,

Thanks for the reply and supplier links.*

The Kenter Connecting Links are the type of link I'm looking for but it appears the smallest size they make is for 1/2" chain. *

I may have to do this the old fashioned way; get on the telephone to suppliers.*

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Old 11-06-2011, 01:47 PM   #4
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Thank's Rick. Great links especially wescovan.
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Thank's Rick. Great links especially wescovan.
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Adding chain w/o weak link

Rick,

Thanks for the links on links.*

The Kenter connecting links are the type of link I'm looking for but it appears they don't make them for anything smaller than 1/2". *

I may have to do this the old fashioned way - get on the phone to a supplier. *

Thanks for the informative reply.

Norm

(This is my second attempt at a reply. *Maybe I'm doing this wrong?)


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Old 11-06-2011, 08:45 PM   #8
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RE: Adding chain w/o weak link

I have been asked for this many times and have never found a good answer. The best I've found is a forged stainless link made by Suncore Stainless. It's pretty close to the right size but it's about half as strong as G4. http://www.suncorstainless.com/forged-connecting-link
I think the problem is that G4 chain is heat treated after it is welded. I wish someone would make a G4 size and strength link but I've never found one. I'll be watching this thread to see if any of the smart folks on this forum can find them for me.
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HopCar has just about nailed it.

The other alternative is a titanium D shackle.
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:53 AM   #10
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RE: Adding chain w/o weak link

Odd link size and difficulty in finding shackles is one of the reasons some choose 3B over G4. I have found Chain Supply's website and personnel most helpful in trying to work around*odd links and shackles. They stock*hard to find alloy and forged*shackles.*
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