When Esconditas was tied up to a Marina and hooked into the electrical
grid, The Zincs lasted or 1 1/2 years with little degradation. Last May we took off and started out on a cruise
is tight so we spend most of the time (96%) on the hook. in the last 5 months the zincs have been used up. The anchor
chain is starting to rust like mad, Over night the chain will develop a layer of rust on the portion of the chain that is under water
but not on the bottom. The rust washes off using the wash down pump. The chain in contact with the bottom has a black coating that is near impossable to get off your hands without using Go-Joe hand cleaner. (That may have come from anchoring
in Staten Island NY.)
So whats going on. Now that I am not hooked up to the grid, and every other boat in the marina, why are the zincs fizzing off the boat? I am using the SSB
more, but would that cause the zincs to be used up. Does operating the boat every day, every other day, have an effect on the zincs?