Feeling a lot more positive, I bought 4 metres of galvanized chain and 3 shackles for the new plough anchor. I already had a nylon eye for doing the splice where the chain is attached to the anchor. The nylon eye is essential to stop the rope from chafing. I purposely didn’t wire the shackles, so that I could undo them without too much effort. If they are tightened well, they are unlikely to come undone.
Altogether I’m pleased with the new anchor and chain. That combination with the old nylon warp should be hard to beat.
At this rate, I’ll not rule out launching ‘Minnow’ again.
There’s definitely life in the boat, and maybe there’s life in the old sea dog yet!