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Old 09-07-2019, 17:41   #46
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Re: How much chain for cruising Qld Australia?

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Yep, to regal chain you need either a spinner (centrifuge) or a shaker type device to keep the chain in motion whilst the zinc solidifies. How carefully the shop does the spinning or shaking has an affect on the outcome, and it seems like Bundy isn't too careful about this step at times. Perhaps different staff at different times, who knows?

I hope they get their act together,'cause they are in a location that is convenient to many cruisers.

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Just had our chain done by them, happy with the result. And the price, 60m 10mm chain, $180.

A couple of friends boats have too, all are happy.
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Just had our chain done by them, happy with the result. And the price, 60m 10mm chain, $180.

A couple of friends boats have too, all are happy.
Good to hear.
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Just had our chain done by them, happy with the result. And the price, 60m 10mm chain, $180.

A couple of friends boats have too, all are happy.
Thanks for the report, and that's a very good price, too!

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Re: How much chain for cruising Qld Australia?

You can reduce the scope required for safety by using an angel or kellet. I have never had one drag, but then I use oversize anchors and heavy short link chain as well. I put the kellet on its chain about half to one third of the scope FROM THE BOAT, so the kellet is never set at less than half of the scope from the anchor, but that is just me.

Other set theirs closer to the anchor, but never closer than one third of the scope. The chain to the kellet being lighter than the anchor chain, I use a shackle to fasten it with a lanyard and loop tied to the thing so that when it emerges as the anchor chain is retrieved, the kellet comes clear of the water and in reach of a boat hook before the anchor is pulled from the sea bed. A kettle weight is cheap to buy and makes an excellent kellet easily hooked.
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Re: How much chain for cruising Qld Australia?

100m of chain is great to have in this area, but it is not always practical to carry this length on catamarans .

I have cruised QLD with only 60m of chain (because that was all the boat could reasonably carry) including anchoring on the outer reef. It was permitted to anchor in Bait reef and many other reefs at least in those days, but this is a long time ago. The outer reef has some magic spots in the right weather, so do not miss the opportunity to visit these areas.

While we managed with 60m we often wished for more in this area, so go longer if you reasonably can.
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