I have around 325' of anchor
chain, but normally use somewhere between 75-150'. The chain is around 9 years old and 2.5 years ago I flipped it end over end as the chain that normally was in the water
was getting kind of rusty, but the rest had only been in the water
a few times.
I am currently at a slip so one of the boat
projects on our board is to remark the chain, both paint
and plastic ties.
So we are playing out the chain onto the dock
and at around 200' it just jams all up. Links were rusted together and wouldn't come through the windlass
and finally the remainder in the locker was just a ball of stuck together metal that used to be chain. So I cut it off saving about 200' and I will replace the lost
length, when I can get it out of the locker, with rope
The lesson learned, every once in a while it is worth putting out all your chain to be sure that you can.