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Boat chains and shackles are a crucial part of your boat's rigging. They are used to connect the boat's anchor chain to the anchor rode — with this in mind, the shackles must be strong enough to hold the weight of the boat and the anchor rode, and they must be able to withstand the forces generated by the waves and wind. 

At Marine Depot, we carry a wide range of boat chains, shackles, thicknesses and lengths, guaranteeing safe mooring for all vessels and weather conditions.

We offer Zip Money, Zip Pay and free shipping on orders over $499*, so you can get your new boat chain shackles without breaking the bank. Shop online today and get your boat rigged and ready for action.

5 reasons why you need durable boat chains and shackles

Boat chains and shackles are essential to boat mooring and anchoring systems. They are designed to withstand the boat's constant forces as it moves through the water and, in some cases, can even be used for anchoring. Below, we have highlighted a few reasons you need durable boat chains and shackles for your vessel.

  • Boat chains and shackles offer extra protection against storms, bad weather conditions and rough waters. By securely fastening your boat to a dock or other object, you can help ensure that it does not break free and become damaged or lost in high winds and waves. Also, boat chains and shackles can help stabilise your boat so that it is less likely to tip over or capsize in rough waters.
  • They provide extra security. Boat chain shackles can help prevent theft -- they are strong enough to secure your boat to a dock, and you can also use them to secure other boat parts and accessories.
  • They are corrosion-resistant and will stand up to the elements. Boat chains and shackles are usually made from stainless or galvanised steel, coated with a zinc layer. This helps to protect the metal from corrosion and rust.
  • They are easy to install and remove, so you can change them as needed. You will need a few tools, including a hammer and a pair of pliers, but the process is straightforward. To install, measure the chain to the desired length. Then, using a hammer, gently tap the shackle into place. Finally, use the pliers to secure the chain in place.

    To remove them, you can simply unscrew the screws that hold them in place or use a pair of pliers to pull them apart.
  • They are affordable — you can get the boat chains and shackles you need without breaking the bank. Prices will vary depending on the chain's size, length and material, but you can expect to pay around $30 for a good quality chain. Most of our chains come with shackles included.

Marine Depot has a great selection of boat chains and shackles! Shop online today and take advantage of our free shipping on orders over 499*.

FAQs about boat chains and shackles

  • What are boat chains and shackles?

    Boat chains and shackles are devices used to connect two pieces of equipment or secure an object e.g. a boat and a dock or a boat and another vessel. They are usually made from galvanised or stainless steel for longevity and rust resistance.
  • What are the benefits of using boat chains and shackles?

    Boat chains and shackles offer many benefits, including strength, durability and flexibility. Chains are particularly well-suited for applications where load-bearing is a concern, such as in anchor lines. Shackles provide a more secure connection than other types of fasteners and are less likely to come loose or break under strain.
  • What are the different types of boat chains and shackles?

    Several different types of boat chains and shackles are available, including welded links, snap hooks and swivel joints. Welded links are the strongest type of chain link and are often used in heavy-duty applications. Snap hooks are quick and easy to use, making them ideal for lighter-duty applications. Swivel joints allow for movement between the two connected objects, making them ideal for use with boat winches.
  • What are the dimensions of boat chains and shackles?

    Boat chains and shackles come in various sizes, lengths and thicknesses to suit various applications, boat sizes and weather conditions.
  • What is the breaking strength of boat chains and shackles?

    The breaking strength of boat chains and shackles varies depending on the type of chain or shackle. Welded links have the highest breaking strength, while snap hooks have the lowest.
  • Are boat chains and shackles rust resistant?

    Some boat chains and shackles are made from stainless steel or other materials that are resistant to rust. However, all boat chains and shackles should be inspected regularly for signs of rust or corrosion.
  • How long do boat chains and shackles last?

    The lifespan of boat chains and shackles depends on several factors, including the type of chain or shackle, the application and the environment. In general, boat chains and shackles should be inspected regularly and replaced as needed.
  • Do boat chains and shackles require special care or maintenance?

    Boat chains and shackles require regular inspection and replacement as needed. If you notice any signs of rust or corrosion, immediately clean the chain or shackle and apply a rust-resistant coating if necessary.
  • How are boat chains and shackles attached?

    Boat chains and shackles are usually attached using screws, bolts or clips.
  • Can boat chains and shackles be removed?

    Yes, boat chains and shackles can be removed by unscrewing the screws or bolts that hold them in place or using a pair of pliers to pull them apart.
  • How much does shipping cost?

    We offer free shipping on orders over $499, however, it is important to note that some heavier, bulkier items are not eligible for free shipping and/or cannot be shipped to remote areas and islands. In this case, we will be in touch to discuss an alternative address or cancellation.
  • How long does shipping take?

    It depends on your location but we always strive to have orders dispatched within 2-5 working days. Sometimes this can take a little longer due to interstate locations and delivery times. If you need something delivered urgently, please feel free to get in touch with our team. Alternatively, always aim to order items at least 10 days before it needs to be installed.
  • Can I track my order?

    Absolutely. All orders are traceable and sent with either Australia Post, Couriers Please, StarTrack Express or Toll Express. If you are having any trouble accessing tracking, please get in touch with our team for assistance.

Shop boat chains and shackles online for free shipping over $499*!

If you need durable boat chains and shackles, we've got you covered. We stock a huge range of boat chains and shackles in various thicknesses, lengths and materials to secure your boat safely.

We offer Zip Money and Zip Pay as well as free shipping on orders over 499*, so shop boat chains and shackles online with Marine Depot!

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