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Old 05-05-2018, 09:37 AM   #1
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would you replace this anchor chain?

I have 100' of this old chain (BBB, age unknown) connected to a single anchor. I plan on adding a second anchor and chain to my boat this summer. When I'm all done, I want to end up with 2 anchors, both with 100' of chain and 100' of rope. The question is, would you use this old chain for one of those 2 anchors? Thanks.
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It's still intact enough to be reliable, from what I can see. That said, I would replace it if I planned to keep the boat long-term. It will continue to deteriorate and in the relative cost of boating, chain isn't all that expensive. Finally, I hate rust, especially if it were draining into my bilge.

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Old 05-05-2018, 09:49 AM   #3
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I would probably use it. Keep in mind however, that I am really cheap and don’t know much about chain.
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I’d probably dump it into a bucket of Ospho and agitate the contents now and then, keep on truckin.
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Forget the chain.
Refinish the board the winch resides on.
You can paint the chain w cold galvanize spray paint.
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It’s going to be messy to store, but it looks quite sound.
I’d carefully inspect the ends and renew any questionable connections.
If you boat in shallow sandy areas, you could slowly drag it in the sand for a while to clean it up.
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It’s going to be messy to store, but it looks quite sound.
I’d carefully inspect the ends and renew any questionable connections.
If you boat in shallow sandy areas, you could slowly drag it in the sand for a while to clean it up.


I was thinking about that type of thing. My imagination envisioned a 50 gal drum, dump the chain in the drum, add some silica sand and roll the drum on some rollers similar to a rock tumbler.

Then I got to thinking, was the chain originally galvanized? If so, it looks like it is pretty much gone.
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That’s why I recomended cold gal Dave.
It does fairly well re abrasion. When I first did an anchor mod and sprayed it w CG I thought I’d be redoing it monthly. But it holds up fairly well.
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Inspect the chain fairly closely. Sometimes a few links will be much worse than the others or so rusty they are actually jamming. If so and near an end just cut it off but if towards the middle then replace it.
If that is not the case, the chain actually just lightly rusty, then keep it for the secondary anchor setup.

Try tumbling it or dragging it on a gravel road to clean it up and then give it a blast of zinc primer.
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Overall it looks ok but you still have to check every single link.
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I’d probably dump it into a bucket of Ospho and agitate the contents now and then, keep on truckin.
I was thinking along those very same lines.
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I would keep it and move it to the backup anchor.
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Our marina suggested to a friend there to drag his rusty chain down a dirt/gravel road to clean it up. He did and it worked well.
I would do that and keep the chain.
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Check the links for dia. after cleaning and get it regalved.
Ours has little to no galv left but will be getting a new 240 ft when next on the hard.
The stuff we use now comes up clean and shiny where it drags through the sand so when we head north we'll start running it all out to get it clean and get it regalved at Bundaberg.

$500 for regalve vs $2000 for new chain is a no brainer.
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If you use the chain as is, expect to get a lot of rusty stuff on your foredeck that can be a challenge to clean.
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Look for a plater in your area. If they can re-galvanize 100' of chain, they have very large tumblers. They will tumble it first then galvanize it. Like new!
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If you use the chain as is, expect to get a lot of rusty stuff on your foredeck that can be a challenge to clean.
Diluted Hydrochloric acid gives almost instant results.
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I'll throw my 2 cents in with the re-galvanizing group. If you're in salt water, it's gonna be rusty and it'll be a mess, plus it will continue to rust and deteriorate. It looks pretty sound, galvanizing will keep it from deteriorating further, and it won't make a mess.

BTW, in 11 yrs of cruising, we've used our 2nd anchor exactly ONCE. Invest in a good anchor and rode, you'll sleep better.
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If you use the chain as is, expect to get a lot of rusty stuff on your foredeck that can be a challenge to clean.
I have already encountered the rust-on-the-deck problem. What a pain!
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I have already encountered the rust-on-the-deck problem...
Re galvanize,or accept rust on deck. Chain looks ok,the issue is weight and handling, getting it on/off the boat, to/from the galvanizers. Replacing it saves some movements, but preserve it if you can.
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