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Jim Focha and Julie Gwin

5/16 HT is worth it to not have anymore weight forward of the mast than necessary. Especially if you can?t pull the chain back to the mast but have to leave it in the anchor locker. Rust will have little if any effect on strength but will be real messy when it gets bad. We have 330? HT and after five years and two years of full time cruising we need to swap it end for end and should get another five years out of it. The catenary was unnoticeable over the 3/8? BBB we had before. We put out 125-150? almost every time we anchor and more if we even think it?s needed. We have a Lofrans electric windless and is one of the most valuable pieces of equipment we have. The down side to HT I?ve been told and not confirmed is that it loses 20% of it?s strength when regalvanized.

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