Features July 2007 Issue

Mooring Chain Check-up at 12 Months

Seven different types of links—including five galvanized chains, one zinc-plated chain, and one stainless chain—were dropped in the drink a year ago. Testers raised them from the depths to see how well they fared in the chain corrosion test.

Practical Sailor’s 12-month results in the mooring chain test gave us no reason to change our previous ratings. Our vote still is for the Acco grade-30 proof coil. It’s the best chain for the dollar. If you’re made of money, you could set up your mooring with the Suncor stainless. But the dark side of stainless is that after years of cyclical loading, it can break without warning. Corrosion is just one of the factors affecting a chain’s integrity, and until we start putting these chains under load, and ultimately, testing them for breaking strength, many questions will remain unanswered.

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