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Old 17-06-2009, 19:48   #1
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has any one had experience or do they trust the chain link connectors
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Old 17-06-2009, 22:42   #2
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Greetings, and welcome aboard Ron.

To which chain connectors do you refer?
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If you are talking about the 2 piece 'C' type ones, Yes lots of experience.

Get one made by Crosby out of Canada or Maggi out of Italy and you're good to go. If you are in the US (most places actually) the Crosbys should be readily available.

DO NOT use one without any markings on it.
DO NOT use a stainless one (never seen a SS one I'd trust)
DO NOT use one that just looks 'limp' or lite weight.

The Crosby and Maggis do look a chunkier than the same sized chain but will work on all winches well.

You may of heard of a bloke called Sir Peter Blake. He did a bit of yachting and went to Antarctica with 6 in his anchor rode. All were made by Crosby. He had zero problems or issues.

I am assuming you don't have G7 chain. If you do you have a problem.

If you are talking any other sort, personally I wouldn't.
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thanx for the info
I was thinking of the c shaped links
i want to add some chain to my anchor and it seemed like a waiste to throw away the chain i have but wondered about the safety

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I wrestled with this question a few years back and asked marine surveyors and insurers if a problem with chain links was a factor in any of their experiences. They all said that any cases of loss were related to anchor dragging and not link failure. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
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I wrestled with this question a few years back... Aythya crew
As you said, it was a few years back!

With « new gen » anchors you can have four to six (and even more) times the holding of « old gen » anchors...

You won’t drag any more, but there is more chances of breaking the weakest link of your ground tackle...

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Despite the anchor and sales promotions as posted above, the link was not the typical cause of failure "years ago" and is not the typical cause of failure today. Bottom quality and rode length as well as anchor selection are all more frequent problems.
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the link was not the typical cause of failure "years ago" and is not the typical cause of failure today.
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Bottom quality and rode length as well as anchor selection are all more frequent problems.
Along with low quality chain, which is making the 'chain failure' rate go upwards. Actually 'failure' implies broken when it's a lot more likely to see cheap chain stretch and jamb up in the winch causing winch failure.

But yet Joa(with a squiggly thing)l is right also. We have for the last few years been advocating the use of hi-load shackles onto your anchor. The number of cheap nasty but also the most common shackle failures has spiked upward a lot since the new gen anchors became very available.

Still way too many people trying to power set the new gen anchors while moving too quick causing the shackle failure. I know of 6 or so anchors lost on their 1st or 2nd deployment to that.
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Let’s be certain that you understand that we mean a rivetted (2 pc) “C” joiner, like Crosby’s “Missing Link” (pictured left) - not a threaded quick link (right)

The Crosby Group
The Crosby Group 2009 General Catalog

Click on Catalogue, then Chain & Accessories, then the “Missing Link” on page 223.
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