In a previous thread, I mentioned that my new boat
came with SS chain. I had assumed it was something like Suncor 316 SS chain, but I had time to take a closer look at it today and I think it may be Duplex chain. There are markings every few feet that say Cromox, Walder, A5, and 9(or 6?). I'll try to post photos. I am going to try to contact Ketten Walder to see if they can verify what it is. My understanding of Duplex chain is that it is much stronger than 316 stainless chain, quite a bit stronger than G43 high test, and closer in strength to G70, while also being much more corrosion
resistant than 316, especially in warm water
. If that is indeed what it is, then I think there will be no need to replace it with galvanized chain when I start cruising further south.
Looking at my windlass gypsy
and chain stopper, it seems to me that they might have been sized for 1/2" chain. The windlass
seems to work
fine with no slipping, but the "teeth" of the gypsy
seem sort of large/loose. Also, the chain stopper groove seems like it may be large, but it also seems to work
. It is likely I just don't know what to look for. If it is meant for larger chain, does it matter as long as it's working?
As you can see, I have a 77lb Spade (S160) and what looks like a Wasi swivel. I like the idea of a swivel, but would probably prefer to have a Mantus
swivel. The problem is that I think eventually, I'll want to go to a larger anchor
, maybe the Spade S180 (99lbs) or an Ultra 45 (100lbs) (this is just a feeling now, based on how big a lot of full-time cruisers seem to go). But as you can see, with a swivel, there's pretty much no room for a larger (longer) anchor
shank. The obvious solution is to go sans-swivel. I guess I'll have some time to try out this setup and decide how much I like the swivel and whether I think I'll need to go to a bigger anchor.