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Old 05-01-2011, 10:46   #1
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Keeping the Chain Clean

Damn, stuff grows fast in this warm water!

So, when you're staying put for a while, on the hook, what do you to keep growth off the chain?

Dive it on occasion and just give it a wipe with a green 3M pad?
Go link by link with an old toothbrush?
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Old 05-01-2011, 11:03   #2
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There's an easy to keep the chain clean. Proven in the incrediable dirty ,warm water of Trinidad.

The growth only occurs on the length of chain between the surface and the sea floor. After a couple of weeks, let out enough chain to lay the dirty chain of the sea floor and let the action of the swinging at anchor scrub the chain. In about four or five days, haul that protion of the chain back on board.

This worked for me while I spent 5 months each year in Trinidad.
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Old 05-01-2011, 11:18   #3
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NICE! I like that. Much less work involved.
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Old 06-01-2011, 04:56   #4
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grunz - growth has slowed incredibly with the cold(er) water of winter, if you think this is bad you do no want to be here in the summer... its incredible what 10 degrees difference in water temperature makes in growth...
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I agree with JohnA on the self cleaning method....
Sand is wonderful stuff... mud not quite so effective
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Dropping your chain into black mud has another desirable effect. It gets rid of any rust due to the chemically reducing (anaerobic) environment. Oxides are converted back into metal.
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Right... I'm off on a black mud hunt.... I need new chain soon....
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The little rivers and creeks of the Chesapeake Bay has oodles of it. Come on over.
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Old 06-01-2011, 07:58   #9
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Can we use this argument when the Fl water cops come by with orders to move on?
"But officer, I'm performing important safety maintenance on my yacht"
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pressuredrop - I'll take the growth over the cold any day!

gettinthere - I'm finding the boaters getting kicked out thing to be highly exagerated! Lots of live aboards here, living on moorings and on the hook. I've been here since November, and haven't even had a visit, for even just a random inspection.
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grun...it was a joke!
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Old 06-01-2011, 15:07   #12
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I'm a little slow today! must be this awesome (non-boat) project I'm working on.
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Old 06-01-2011, 15:15   #13
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I'm a little slow today! must be this awesome (non-boat) project I'm working on.

Not your blog.

November is last I see.
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I know...I know. I've been slacking. Maybe I'm just not a blogger? Or maybe it's just that I've been running around a lot, trying to get work done, trying to look for work, that will actually pay for that work, taking classes, etc., etc.
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Or maybe it just that the WP app sucks! But I can easily shoot a photo, video, etc, and post it to fb in a matter of seconds.
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