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the only major suggestion I'd make is switching from tygon tubing to dyneema woven chafe protector. One of the major sources of nylon lines failing is due to internal friction and heat buildup... tygon tubing prevents the seawater or rain from getting to the nylon rope and lubricating/cooling it... so may increase your chances of having the line fail. This isn't completely necessary, since, in your case, the nylon snubber is just for comfort and to reduce shock loading on the boat rather than the actual connection to the anchor. The dyneema woven chafe sleeves allow the water to penetrate and lubricate the line and prevent much of the friction and heat.
I would also think that it would still be wiser to tie the snubber off to a properly mounted mooring bitt, rather than take the load on the windlass. Most windlasses say in their installation and use guides that they are not designed to take the shock loading of the anchor rode, and that the rode should be made fast to the boat elsewhere.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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