Originally Posted by craigsmith
Nope, it's because he has a helluva lot of experience around the world and knows what works for him. As a rather technical designer
he also knows the theory and doesn't buy into whatever the going lore is, handed down as it is from the 18th century when the only market for anchor
chain consisted of tallships with Admiralty style picks...
So tempting but I won't
Of course his boat isn't particularly demanding for its LOA, but then why does he put on a 110Kg anchor when we recommend a 70 (and even that's conservative)?
I can't think of a 83ft boat that would be less demanding than Steves on anchoring
Why such a big anchor? It could just be a simple case of he being a nervous anchorer, had a scare in the past, needs weight in the bow, lots of reasons. Including "I just like big anchors" as he often says. He is not alone quite a few think the same way, including most 18th Century and earlier explorers
That's medium/high tensile 500 grade SS, right? I mean you can get weak 316 grades too, eh. Should be specific. What would you say you'd be handed if you walked into the average chandlery and asked for 8 or 10mm SS?
'Grade 50' is about as specific as you can get. yes you can get weak SS chains. A lot of chinese is only mig welded around the outside of the wire, for example. That's why it looks so good, no horsepower has been applied by welding machines.
What would the chandlers sell you? Could be anything. I'd say based on the market here, it would depend if the chandler is after the bucks or a well parked punter. That's why we always say "If you are not sure, ask for a Test Cert"
Kanani - Yeap, that explains the BBB then. There are a few good joining links that are perfectly fine down to 6mm. As most are made for the US market the sizing can be a bit out but one link should cause no issues with the average gypsy
Boracay - If you are in a marina, those trollys most have will take 300ft of 3/8", especially when the marina staff are not watching