Boat Anchor Chain & Shackles
To get a better idea of the importance of boat anchor chain and shackles it helps to understand how an anchor actually works. Anchoring a ship is an important function to keep a boat or ship stable in the water. Anchors are used when the boat engines are turned off. First the location must be chosen, the boat slows down by reversing the thrust and the anchor is dropped. Anchor chain and shackles must be strong enough to carry the weight of the anchor and be long enough to ensure that the anchor reaches sea bottom.
Next the boat must be reversed. This is called going astern so that the anchor digs in to the seabed and the boat position is secured. Once the ship is anchored, the chain must be able to withstand additional force from rough weather to ensure the ship does not drift. When it is time to weigh anchor, the chain is put under greater force than when the anchor had been dropped.
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Purchasing boat anchor chain and shackles with sufficient strength to support every aspect of anchoring is essential to this important process. As part of routine maintenance, both anchor shackles and chain should be inspected for rust and cracks. When it is time to replace these components, know that Wholesale Marine carries anchor chain and shackles in varying tensile strengths to ensure safe anchoring time after time.
Anchor chain for lightweight tow boats is usually vinyl coated steel or nickel. Galvanized and stainless steel anchor chain and shackles have the strength and durability required for most intense fishing and boating applications. Wholesale Marine has partnered with Sea Dog, Greenfield, Sea Sense, Whitecap, and AnchorLift to bring our customers the highest quality products in the industry.
If you have questions as to what anchoring products and boat anchor chain are right for your boat, give us a call and we’ll be glad to advise you. We’re here from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM Monday through Friday EST at (877) 388-2628.