Anchoring & Mooring

A galvanized G-100 Omega link is used to connect high-strength G-70 chain to a properly matched Grade-B screw pin shackle. The chain and Omega link have been Galvanized using Armorgalv.

What Chain Connector Will Fit My Gypsy?

Regarding your recent article on joining chain segments, I’ve been coastal cruising from Canada to Panama since 1983, and continuously since 2005. I have wondered about using a single 5/16-inch shackle, which will connect two lengths of 3/8-inch, G-43 chain. The Crosby top of the line 5/16-inch will go around the gypsy pretty well. I tried it, but I am reluctant to use it. Any thoughts?

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