Members' Online Book: Anchoring Made Easy—Gear, Chapter 9 of 17

Which Anchor Chain Should We Buy?


Two years ago, I wrote an article on chain types based on an interview with two engineers at Peerless Chain, who make the Acco brand that we recommend.

In that piece I covered how chain strength is measured and the characteristics of the two types of chain that are commonly used for anchor rodes on yachts, BBB and high test G43, together with the less common heat treated grade 70.

The time has now come for us to replace the anchor rode on Morgan’s Cloud and so I’m going to share the factors and trade-offs that we looked at in the process of selecting the right chain for our needs.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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