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Old 05-07-2010, 20:40   #16
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We have tidal moorings over here, so inspection easier.

1) Hit the links with a hammer to knock the rust off. including frozen (rusted together) links. Rust ain't ever rated for it's strength. If it comes off with a hammer then it ain't serving any purpose. Need to have something solid to hit against - not trying to flatten the link!, but not tickling it either

2) peer closely at the links, including wiggling them around to check under the links.

3) be impressed how thin chain can get in places............

Yeah, annually works well

Life extended by top and tailing the chains and we also "patch" them by running an additional (shorter) length of chain alongside any badly worn chain - a couple of shackles at each end a few feet or so onto the good stuff.......downside is the weight it adds, especially on a big spring tide

Well this isn't April 1 so I hope you're just joking. The only thing you could do worse (than to use crappy ground tackle like you describe) is to not inspect it at all.
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Well this isn't April 1 so I hope you're just joking. The only thing you could do worse (than to use crappy ground tackle like you describe) is to not inspect it at all.
Not sure what part of my approach has tickled your fancy

But if we are playing a game of "what's worst" . Maybe not inspecting for 3 years? or recomending that approach to others, like............

...........your mate? (BTW are you still on his Xmas card list? ). If he'd knocked the rust off that shackle (and unfrozen the swivel) before it twisted off then he might not have had a problem.............Especially if he had replaced the shackle with something that would be big enough to live with some future rusting (things do rust you know - best to plan for and then deal with it as neccessary, rather than pretend it doesn't exist for 3 years, even if inconveniant to inspect for - I appreciate that not everyone has the "luxury" of a drying mooring).

FWIW their are a couple of very exposed deep water (non drying) mooring fields around here. A boat gets lost every now and again. Not always from a chain breaking (insurance companies insist on regular inspections - annually I think) but from swamping (boat tied to a fixed point - even a single point can't always deal with the sea state inshore) or............from the deck letting go. Easy enough to forget that your solid chain connected to a solid cleat / samson post also needs to be solidly attached to a deck - and the deck solidly attached to the hull / rest of the boat.
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