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Old 28-12-2009, 21:51   #1
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Twisted Link Chain for Rode?

Has anyone ever used twisted link chain for anchor rode? I won't be using a windlass so I am not worried about any wild cat jamming, just any other drawbacks. Also what type of metal does the chain need to be? Is zinc plated acceptable?
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Old 29-12-2009, 07:18   #2
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Why would you want to use a twisted link chain?

Ive never seen twist-link chain larger than #5/0 (1/4") Twist Link Machine Chain, which has a WLL of about 880 Lbs (compared to about 1,300# for 1/4" PC).
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Why would you want to use a twisted link chain?
I can get it for very cheap. The chain I might get is only 1/4" but I have a teeny boat so won't really need much bigger than that.
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I suppose a 880# working load limit would suffice for a working anchor (not a storm anchor) on a typical 24 Ft. boat.
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You would be better off with a rope rode and a short chain leader using proof coil.
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What purpose does putting a twist into the links serve anyway?
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Machine chain (Straight or Twisted link) is a short link welded chain, designed for applications where compactness and flexibility is required. It is generally used on tailgates, farm equipment and industrial equipment.
Twisted-Link chain lays flat against a surface, making it ideal for decorative purposes, and sometimes in “tie down” applications.
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Hmmm. I can get 100ft of 1/4" for $50. But I it sounds like the benefits of having an all or mostly chain rode are outweighed by the fact that this stuff just isn't that tough for it's weight. My entire boat only weights 2200 lbs (almost 5 of it's feet are in bowsprit). does it just make more sense to spend the $50 and get 30 ft of 3/8" of PC and just tack that on to the end of our rope rode?
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For a boat of 2200 pounds, 3/8" PC would be overkill. You could just get the 30' of 1/4" or 5/16" PC or HT chain to tack onto the rope. This will cost you even less, and be perfectly serviceable.
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