There is not a failure rate that would rate 'serious concern', as yet. There are a lot more failures of steel
Look at any superboat, all stainless. If it were a problem it would not be there. There is a huge amount of Urban Myth with stainless and the same failures get used many many times. I would not have a problem using SS on an anchor
system but I would bear its limitations in mind, just like most stuff. One limit being used in an extended underwater situation hence i probably would use steel on my extended crusier. Bimbling around back home here SS is fine.
The 'as yet' comment above is due to the growing amount out of the east. This stuff can be good as anyone elses but usually is a lot worse. As more of this get used the failures will increase, same applies to steel.
Richhh many do have anodes on mooring
and anchor rodes. We actually make one spcifically for moorings. In some places it doubles the life of the mooring.
Gord, taking to the AC and Volvo
lads the problem with Titanium is it's brittleness. Just hate shock loads soooo much.... just like anything that high tensile inc. G70 chains. Damn strong and light but prone to cracking. The parts
they use get replaced very often and/or x-rayed/tested a lot. Good to use in places but maintenance
heavy and could let go without warning. Notice all the dramas the Volvo
boats were having until they swapped the titanium back to Stainless.
Point of interest - the first year the Volvo 60's were used in the race
some carried plastic anchor chain. The rules did not state metal and plastic was lighter :-)