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Old 06-14-2016, 01:17 PM   #21
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Another good idea. I have two storage compartments on the front of the pilothouse that are really handy. The aren't waterproof however and do have a good drain. I was planning on putting the Dri Dek on the inside of those so now I have an additional reason to buy some.
I've installed this in all my exterior lockers. Works great
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Old 06-14-2016, 01:26 PM   #22
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Went on-line to the windlass manufacturer, Lighthouse, and found their gypsies are all fitted for BBB chain.
Ancora: Call Lighthouse. Their windlasses have different size chain gypsies. We have a Lighthouse 1501 windlass and we use 3/8, G4 High-test chain. BBB will not fit our gypsy.
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Old 06-14-2016, 02:39 PM   #23
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Wilco. Thank you.
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Old 06-14-2016, 02:50 PM   #24
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Chain, Chain Supplies, Binder Chains, Lifting Slings and Hooks has link measurements to help identify different types of chain.
I'd buy a $15 digital micrometer to measure the existing chain and compare it to the specs linked above by av8r.

http://www.1st-chainsupply.com/techn...chainspecs.pdf
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Old 06-14-2016, 04:39 PM   #25
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I'll be bringin' my dial Vernier calipers to the boat tomorrow and comparin' the dimensions. There is a definite difference betwixt BBB and G 4.
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Old 06-16-2016, 11:57 AM   #26
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After much measuring, I came up with triple B. Now to find the best price.
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Old 06-16-2016, 12:31 PM   #27
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Is galvanizing consistent among all chains? Are there some chains that have better galvanizing than other chains? If one chain is less expensive than the other is the galvanized coating equivalent? I'm getting close to replacing my chain, but would like to get the best coating possible, but I do not know if there is a difference or is all galvanizing the same?
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Old 06-16-2016, 12:55 PM   #28
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Is galvanizing consistent among all chains? ...
I think there is a big difference in the galvanizing and who knows on the quality of the links them selves. Here's what some chain from China looked like that we priced. It was $2.38/ft vs Acco chain at $4.58. We went with the Acco even with the $2.20/ft premium. Here's what the description says:

Two-year guarantee against rusting. Made in the USA of high-carbon steel, it resists wear...




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Old 06-16-2016, 03:45 PM   #29
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Ancora...

You're not the Lone Ranger...

Here is what I found at the bottom of my chain locker...

A bit interesting down in there. The stainless U-bolt looks brand new while connected to the rusty 3/8th chain.

How much chain do you plan on purchasing?
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Old 06-16-2016, 03:51 PM   #30
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It looks like your chain is shackled to the SS U bolt? It might be a good idea to secure the bitter end with a piece of rope. If you ever have to slip your chain, you can easily cut the rope and be free of the anchor. If the piece of rope is about 40 feet of yellow polypropylene, then when you cut the rope, the rope tail will float up to the surface and you can retrieve your anchor later.
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What do you guys think of gettin' the old chain regalvanized? Have not done any pricin' yet but we do have a place in San Diego that does it.
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give it a try and let us know the pricing. We have two boats in Deltaville VA who have used a place in Richmond VA successfully.
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Old 06-17-2016, 02:02 PM   #33
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What do you guys think of gettin' the old chain regalvanized? Have not done any pricin' yet but we do have a place in San Diego that does it.
If you send out chain to be re-galvanized, make sure they have a shaker/tumbler or you will have links welded together when you get it back. Also, make sure you ask how much the prep is. They can't re-galvanize over paint or extremely rusted chain without removing it first.

You can do the prep yourself by dragging the chain behind your vehicle, on a dirt road for several miles.

We've re-galvanized chain three times. It's good but not great. I'd estimate it lasts about 75-80% of new, high quality chain.
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I am feeling for you salt water guys. I pulled all 200' of our chain and it looked pretty darn good for 32 year old stuff. The last 50' looked like it had never seen the water.
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I am feeling for you salt water guys. I pulled all 200' of our chain and it looked pretty darn good for 32 year old stuff. The last 50' looked like it had never seen the water.
We just replaced our chain for the second time in 8 years. If we get more than 5 years out our chain, Lena says we're at the dock to much. I can't argue with that logic.
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Old 06-17-2016, 08:58 PM   #36
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I cut some "Dri Dek" tiles to fit the bottom of my chain locker to help drainage and maybe keep it a bit drier down there.
I unexpectedly found a similar matting under about 2" of mud when I cleaned out the anchor well on a previous boat, using a water blaster. Matting will help, but clean the chain during recovery, before it goes into the well.
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I would like to install a salt water washdown on the foredeck, but do not want another thru- hull fitting. Any suggestions out there?
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I would like to install a salt water washdown on the foredeck, but do not want another thru- hull fitting. Any suggestions out there?
I have a 1.5 inch thru hull that feeds my air conditioner pump and the raw water is teed off that...so even with the 1 inch hose going to the a/c and half inch going to the salt water pump....there is plenty of growth.

If you only have a small thru hull for the a/c system and usually are using it when pulling anchor...it might not work to well.

If no thru hulls to be had....you can mount it with 2 fittings on deck...one intake one outgoing...plug in two hoses...the intake goes over the side and output to the anchor.

Even simpler is just a 12v outlet and the whole rig in a bucket.
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Ancora, we plumbed off the potable water pump discharge, ran 1/2" hose to the bow and use FW water to rinse off the chain and anchor.
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I would like to install a salt water washdown on the foredeck, but do not want another thru- hull fitting. Any suggestions out there?

We put a T in out sink drain. Now we can flush with sea water and finish with fresh water.
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