Originally Posted by PUDDLE JUMPER II
What kind of chain? If you mean size-- I have no idea how measure chain-- sorry-- new to this sorta thing.
Is it badly corroded or not? It has crusty parts
in some areas-- looks like 'light' corrosion...
Has it been regalvinized before? I would bet probably not since last owners were delinquents, and ignored basic maintenance
Past use history and age? Not used in 8 Years...
Distorted links? Nothing distorted at all...
Should have used "type" rather than "kind". High Test chain will typically bear a stamp on each link such as "G4". "Proof Coil", which is just good old hardware
store grade chain, has none.
Size doesn't matter relative to regalvanizing, except that larger chain could tolerate more corrossion and still be viable. And the regalvanizing process wastes some surface metal so you can only regalvinize so many times (why I asked).
If there has not been significant "wastage" (deep corrosion, original metal gone) then that's good. Check the entire length of chain though. As the saying goes..."only as strong as the weakest link". Especially the chain that has been on the bottom of the chain locker for 8 years.
Speaking of corrossion. Salt
or freshwater use of chain?
And most importantly, is the chain you have appropriate for your application? 200' is
adequate length for most anchoring
applications, but is it the right size and type? No point in regalvanizing if not. We need to know boat size/type/displacement and whether you have a windlass
to answer this question.