Easy-clean anchor chain
If you spend any time anchored in warm water, your anchor chain will attract enough growth to make bringing it back on deck a messy operation. Ive watched cruisers whose anchors have been down for a while take a full day to scrub each link of chain clean. I have a better and easier way.
Because growth on anchor chain will be limited to the section of the chain that extends from the surface to the bottom, youll need to clean only the section of the chain thats equal to the depth of the water, not the entire length of of rode you have put out.
Heres the gentlemans way to clean that growth, no matter whether its slime, weeds, or barnacles. A few days before you plan to get under way, let out an amount of chain slightly greater than the depth of the water youre anchored in. Thats all you have to do. The chains scouring action along the bottom will clean it thoroughly in a couple of days, not enough time for new growth to appear on the fresh section of chain youve let out. Although a sandy bottom makes the best cleaner, of course, this technique will work in almost all bottom types, even mud.