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Old 28-04-2016, 18:12   #16
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I bought 5/16th HT chain from Don's Marine for my windlass. It is actually 8mm and sourced from Europe as this is a 'short link' and odd size/low production in the USA but more common in metric locations. Acco is made in the USA and if you like the spend more for that keeping it in the USA thing, then go ahead and spend more for ACCO. I paid about $2 per ft SHIPPED from Florida to PA (it was under $1.50/ft for the chain I think). I'm on my 4th season with this chain and there is no sign of rust that I've seen... So I'd check Don's Marine Salvage and forget the ACCO hype.
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Thanks! I was just there about a month ago but didn't think about getting chain there.
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Old 28-04-2016, 18:29   #17
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LOL. We've never moored in the south field. Our mooring, other than the brief (dammit) times we've been gone, since Christmas Day 2013, has been immediately south of the first little island - 4 moorings north of the dinghy dock, and well out of the south field. The only time we've been in the south field was coming or going from/to Ft. Pierce, and never on a ball there. We're right next to John and Ann's Far Niente.

OTOH, no, we don't go up next to the creek, where the ferro with the blue netting, and the sculptor Ray and wife live (on a very different, very nice boat)...

My ACCO purchase was a great long while after yours. My first chain did marvelously, for many years, before I finally replaced it in my refit in Ft. Pierce. The new ACCO really sucks.

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I stand corrected. And further from the mangroves must help with the No See-Ums. Nasty this year.

The Maggi chain distributor is in Florida. Why not give them a try?
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Old 28-04-2016, 19:41   #18
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As for galvanizers:

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Old 29-04-2016, 04:01   #19
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I stand corrected. And further from the mangroves must help with the No See-Ums. Nasty this year.

The Maggi chain distributor is in Florida. Why not give them a try?
We made a tactical decision last year to not be in Vero in the summer. Summer 2014 was excruciating - blistering hot, muggy and bitten.

I hope we get our boat chores done (remount and service our windlass, completely recaulk our toe rail - as seen in a different thread about 3M's no-longer-available 101 - and a few other less monumental items) before those conditions hit again.

If I could regalvanize (and I haven't yet end-for-ended, either), the chain is just great, at least visually. Because of the tether (the admiral's mother is in a retirement facility in Vero, and we're now up to 15 grands among our 4-each kids), we'll spend a lot of time in Vero, where we leave our car. We could drive the chain to someplace reasonably close (when we made the decision to replace our then-6-year-old chain, the only galvanizer was in Jax and the shipping and coating was close to 2/3 of new; silly me, I elected for new)...

I'll have a look, again, when I've reached the end of my rope, so to speak (secondary anchor has 100' of NOS [very rarely used] chain and 200' of the same stuff as my snubber, 1" NER MegaBraid). I could swap out, again, before having to face the music of finding Maggi or Campbell - for sure I won't use Acco again.

I gather you're in Vero now; we'll be back sometime June-ish and working; stop in and say hi...

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Re: Looking for new anchor chain

There are a Lot of threads on here which discuss the topic of chain & it's galvanizing quality, or lack there of. Which, if one's planning to drop a lot of coin on some new chain, it'd be smart to read them.
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Manhandling a whole barrel of chain for four blocks

Remind me to not get in a bar fight with you
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No worries. I'm not a fighter...

I could not have walked it to the boat if it wasn't for the specially designed, very well balanced barrel dolly they loaned me. Tipping it back on its 2 wheels was the most difficult part and a helper was appreciated. It balanced well and the dolly had hand brakes so it was easy to control. [And Anacortes is pretty level anyway; and with curb-cuts on every street corner...]

The hardest part was convincing one guy- who was standing at the bottom of the ramp to watch me come down- that he was in danger and to please step aside... Even though I planned arrival for high tide, there was still a bit of downward slope... He called back 'Don't worry about me...' to which I responded 'Its this 600 pound barrel of chain I'm worried about...' With that he smoothly stepped aside and down I went, brakes a squealing...

Of course I opened the barrel before departing the store to confirm it was the right stuff because there was no way I was getting the whole thing back up the ramp without paying it out into 3+ dock carts...

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Re: Looking for new anchor chain

My homework for 3/8 G4 sent me to Defender. Even with shipping it was cheaper than most. Came to just over $1,500.
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