I recently decided to fit markers to the anchor chain of my Fairline Targa 34. To do this I let out the entire 40 yards of chain – the first time I’ve done this since purchasing it a couple of years ago – and to my horror discovered that the shackle holding the chain onto its fixing point in the locker had all but disintegrated.
I’ve no way of knowing for sure but I presume this was the original shackle fitted by Fairline when the boat was built in 2003. Given my experience I thought to alert other readers with similar aged boats, as I hazard a guess that few bother to check this fitting on a regular basis. Given the price of chain, let alone the possible safety implications, it’s something well worth looking at. Congrats on the redesign, by the way – very clean and slick. Phil Sampson Your letter prompted me to have a look at the state of my anchor’s shackle and while it’s not quite as badly worn as yours it has rusted to such a degree that it will have to be cut off in order to be replaced. I’ll add it to this winter’s job list. Hugo