Note - this is not about any stainless chain, its about Cromox 318LN stainless made by Ketten Walder which is NOT
the same as 316. Also, the application is for warm tropical waters.
It would be interesting to check the cost/benefit of paying 2.5 to 3 times the cost of an equivalent galvanized chain which lasts about 2-3 years on average and then needs to be re-galvanized or repurchased.
By what I have read (no firsthand experience), re-galvanizing is becoming more and more difficult due to environmental concerns, and if you are out there outside of major industrial areas, it becomes impossible.
Metal properties notwithstanding, there are 2 major advantages to the Cromox chain: cleaner chain locker and no piling up. Other than the cost, I have not heard of any disadvantages of these chains and feedback on this is welcome.
Doing the math:
Costs over 10 years, full-time cruising on tropical waters - for comparison purposes 8mm, 5/16 chain which option would be more economical - Cromox SS chain or G4x galvanized?
BTW if you are uncertain about the Cromox SS chain, please refer to this:
Very clear and useful information on chains in general:
Chain Cox Engineering