Fibers are no longer used in anchoring ships or boats while at sea. The use of chains or anchor chains is now more common today compared to the use of fibres in anchoring ships and boats at sea. There are many kinds of anchor chains in the market today.
These different types of mooring chains include hot dip galvanized chain, zinc plated chain, and the vinyl coated chain. The most preferred anchor chain among the three varieties is the hot dip galvanized chain due to its high resistance to corrosion.
The zinc plated chain is mainly sold in all hardware stores and is sometimes referred to as an all purpose chain. Compared to the hot dip galvanized chain, it is more shiny. The affordable price of the hot dip galvanized chain makes the zinc plated chain less popular. Lastly, the vinyl coated chain is mainly built for areas like swing sets and playgrounds. The vinyl coated chain is only used if you are to replace it annually.
It is important you know that all types of anchor chains are used in the same way. The anchor chains dig into the bottom of the immovable ship or boat instead of holding it. This is all possible because of flukes that dig into the rock bottom.
It is important to use anchor chains since they can very strongly hold ships and boats. One important characteristics of the anchor chains is their big weight to working load ratio. The second benefit of using the anchor chains is that their calibration are windlass in nature, which a wildcat with an HT design can perfectly fit in the chains.
Another important fact about the anchor chains is that the links can prevent tangling in the lockers. A downward force on the shank helps in setting a ship at a quicker and more reliable rate.
It is important to note that using anchor chains makes rodes to lie horizontally when set instead of upwards. The sixth benefit of the anchor chains is that they transfer energy to the anchor handle. Finally, it is important to use anchor chains since they minimize the probability of losing a stuck anchor chain and permit the breakaway release method.
There are certain things that you must do when using the anchor chains. It is important that you inspect your chain regularly. One important thing to inspect is whether the wildcats and links are merged. Furthermore, check whether the wildcat has a stripper and a steel bar that disconnects the chain from the wildcat. Finally, it is important to ensure that the end of the anchor chain is connected to a vessel.