Interesting about the Euro versus Chinese chain KM.
The 8 mm short link chain offered at €5.80/metre, assuming I can get my hands on it, is made in France, Grade 40, ISO 4565, whatever all that means.
Interesting. There are many selling chains whose total knowledge comes from the person selling them. We have one popped up here recently selling the chain as 'European' as that's what the winch mob he buys it off told him. But who he buys it off doesn't make chain and it's very obviously Chinese. He knows it too, the cheeky prick..anyway..
That could be EU made as I mentioned yesterday but it'll probably be Italian. France is good on BIG gear but not a player in small, Italy is the opposite so a good pairing. There is a fair bit of EU made stuff which gets regarded as 'local' due to all the tie in.
ISO4565 is a ISO standard which for the average boater is simply a 'physical size'. In 8mm ISO4565 and DIN766/A, the other common ISO standard, measure the same physical size.
Grade 40 for the average boater is 'strength'. The most common grade found is Grade 30 but more and more Grade 40 is being seen. Other grades available, if you know where to shop, is Grade 50 but that's rare and pretty much out of Aussie only and then there is hell strong Maggi AQUA7 a Grade 70, it's the strongest open link galvanised chain around.
Grade 30 - bust 3200kg - note here many Chinese made chains claiming to be G30 will never make that load, many are only G20
Grade 40 - bust 4000kg
Grade 70 - bust 7000kg - note here, 95% of boats that 'need this' don't.
Buy that one you are talking about, it'll work for you very well.
Pool type anchors are very common in the UK due to so much soft bottom, easy and cheap to make so cheap to buy. I'd think the canal share similar bottoms and if you only need a 'just in case' a pool would be a good option. It's sort of the EU's version of a Danforth.
NZ doesn't see quite a few anchors for assorted reasons, a big one being we don't tolerate crap well as we do anchor in oceans and tend to have a more 'go hard or go home' approach to boating than most. I had some Swedish people out a few months ago and they were gobsmacked to see Optis sailing in 25-30kts, to them that was head for the storm cellar stuff. So a lot of the, generally fringe, anchors we don't see (even if we do stock and sell a lot of small Pools general into commercial) but NZ and Aussie to tend to be leaders in serious anchors with the Sarca, Supreme, Excel plus input in to a few Chinese made ones like Rocna and Kewene.
That anchor, a length of 8mm chain and some 14mm string behind it, set it well and I'll sleep happily aboard the good ship C&J, in liue of knowing her real name.