Our 2011 Spring Commissioning included using "Cold Galvanizing" on the anchor chain. All 100' of primary chain took 3 cans. We didn't coat the secondary or tertiary chains.
Our anchor windlass (Gimli, son of Gloín) is for The Heavy Lifting. It's cranked with a long steel bar. We had a duplicate made. Not an amazing job, but fun to watch because of the shower of sparks from the grinder.
We'll also have holes punched in both copies so we can figure out how to put on a belay of some kind. It seems better to prevent it from falling overboard.
We've had couple of nice pats on the head from the boatyard guys. Chuck likes the bottles under the shelf in the galley. Mack likes the spare interior with the old-school wood; I think he also likes the fact that our engine room is big and uncluttered. Matt seems to like helping us through a refit that includes stuff we're doing mixed with stuff the yard is doing for us. We like working with a DIY-friendly, hands-on boatyard like Deltaville Boatyard.
John and Robin of Fortuna told us that the yard encouraged them to try and do their own cutless bearing replacement. The yard was happy to help out when they got stuck. Alan told us that cruisers as far away as Jamaica recommended Deltaville, Virginia as a place to get good work done at a comfortable price.