And by proper welding, I mean done by somebody who understands welding and not some hobbyist who has a garage setup. I have a new length of chain coming for replacing the rode-and-chain setup I have and it pains me to have 35' (25' original, 10' test length for evaluating windlass feed) as basically junk/"backup" clutter. I get mixed results on this -- some people have said "no way, nobody will do it" and other places I have read that done properly it's fine. I don't know welding to know whether this is "safe" or whether the weld substantially derates the chain's strength. It sure seems like lots of stuff is welded properly and it holds up, plus aren't chain links themselves welded?