Originally Posted by seattleboatguy
How do you guys decide when it’s time to replace your anchor chain? It’s such a qualitative decision, and the wrong decision could put your boat on the beach some windy night.
My 26-footer had 40+ feet of chain spliced to 300 feet of rope. After every summer cruising I would cut off a few feet of rope, reverse the rope and chain, and re-splice. The rope was replaced about every 6 summers.
I considered two things to decide when to replace the chain: too much rust, or wear noticably thinning the links where they rub together. Others might suggest how much thinning is too much. If excess rust or thinning is on only a few links at one end, cut those links off and keep anchoring.
When we bought the 2002 NT37, pulled all 250 feet of chain out on the float and inspected. It was still fine.