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nautiguy
04-02-2010, 06:13 PM
I need to buy some 5/16" HT galvanized chain for my new ground tackle set up, and the prices I've seen are scary. :eek:
West Marine wants $4.25/ft on line or in their stores. Defender Industries is almost a buck cheaper, but the freight from Connecticut to California is a killer. I checked with McMaster Carr on line and they show a product that meets the load spec (3,900 lbs). However, I can't tell whether it is proof coil or HT.

Any other suggestions of where I can look?

Thanks in advance,

Norm

kc8pql
04-02-2010, 06:50 PM
You may want to try First Chain Supply. I bought a full drum from them a few years ago. They sell ACCO brand. They had the best price I could find.
http://www.1st-chainsupply.com/chain/g40_windlass_chain.htm
They also offer free shipping on half and full drums to commercial addresses that have a forklift or loading dock to get it off the truck.

BETTY-B
04-03-2010, 12:18 AM
http://www.wachain.com/index.htm

These guys might be worth a try too:

http://www.pacificindustrial.com/index2.html

Gary Bergman
04-03-2010, 09:23 AM
Sail down to San Diego; they have good prices on Shelter Island....We picked up 240 feet there and another hook back in '06....Too many brain barnacles,I forgot the name of the loft, but the Maritime Museum recommended them to us....

Soundman67
04-03-2010, 03:25 PM
There was a site I posted in another forum that gave explanations of the different types of chain. I cant find it now sorry. It was interesteing to find that American manufacturers seemed to derate the HT rating. There was quite a bit of uncertainty in what a true HT rating was. So what actual lb rating of HT chain are you looking for and what type of winch are you using? Do you need the standard link size to fit your winch?

nautiguy
04-03-2010, 08:15 PM
SM67,
The chain gypsy requires 5/16 high test, in this case it is the shape of the link as it fits into the gypsy that is the driving force.

All of the chain I've looked at is rated at 3,900 lbs working load limit (WLL) and a breaking load of a bit over 11,000 lbs.

My search is not to find the chain, which is readily available, but to find a reasonable price.

Norm

George Ray
04-03-2010, 08:30 PM
1st Chain Supply as mentioned in earlier post .... !!!

BETTY-B
04-04-2010, 03:57 AM
My search is not to find the chain, which is readily available, but to find a reasonable price.

Norm


When you are truly ready to find the chain, the price will find you.

Dave Lesser
04-04-2010, 03:37 PM
First, thanks to Gold Rock for his comments on the Campbell Anchor Chain (http://www.woodenboat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=112305) thread, and especially for his explanation on the old Anchor Chain Quality (http://www.woodenboat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=19757) thread. Very helpful.

There is a company in Detroit called Truck-n-Tow that sells 5/16" Grade 43 high test chain (http://www.truckntow.com/pc-11441-146938-grade-43-high-test-chain.aspx) for between $1.49 and $1.99 per foot, depending on the quantity purchased. They claim that it is made in the USA.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4055/4490254257_a81ce5f276_o.jpg

It is not galvanized and they do not specify their shipping charges. The web site also has a helpful link to NACM Chain Specifications (http://www.truckntow.com/productspecs/NACM_Welded_Specs.pdf)


Questions for Gold Rock or others in the know:
Does this look like quality chain at a low price?

Does anyone know about the cost and quality of having chain galvanized locally?

How much does galvanizing extend the life of anchor chain in salt water (or fresh water)?

Rusted chain looks bad and may not run as freely, but is there a significant loss of tensile strength?

GWB
04-04-2010, 04:57 PM
3rd this company. If you wait they often have free shipping... last year my friend and I went in on a 550ft drum - they had the best price per foot and free shipping.


You may want to try First Chain Supply. I bought a full drum from them a few years ago. They sell ACCO brand. They had the best price I could find.
http://www.1st-chainsupply.com/chain/g40_windlass_chain.htm
They also offer free shipping on half and full drums to commercial addresses that have a forklift or loading dock to get it off the truck.

nautiguy
04-05-2010, 09:58 AM
Dave,
The chain priced at less than $2.00/ft is not galvanized and should never be immersed in water.

Svenson's, one of the last independent chandleries in the San Francisco Bay area has prices that are similar to 1st chain Supply by the foot, so that I don't have to buy a full drum.

I'm still looking, but it seems that somewhere in the neighborhood of $3.50-$3.75 freight included will be the final price. That is up to $0.75 less than Worst Marine, not including freight.:D

nautiguy
04-05-2010, 01:20 PM
So, the best price turns out to be from Whale Point hardware in Richmond, CA. They were more than happy to get me a quote, and beat the next best price. In addition, I get to buy local and that satisfies my patriotic needs.

Good deal all around.

Norm

BETTY-B
04-05-2010, 01:40 PM
I'd still be interested in what the quote was from Washington Chain. What was it anyways?

LeeG
04-05-2010, 01:49 PM
So, the best price turns out to be from Whale Point hardware in Richmond, CA. They were more than happy to get me a quote, and beat the next best price. In addition, I get to buy local and that satisfies my patriotic needs.

Good deal all around.

Norm

now that's shopping