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Re: Anchor Snubbers Redux

This looks pretty good as far as hooks go, no? Price is reasonable too....

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This looks pretty good as far as hooks go, no? Price is reasonable too....

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Indeed, looks very interesting. Anyone has experience with it?
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This looks pretty good as far as hooks go, no? Price is reasonable too....

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I just ordered one, as it seems like the least likely to fall off and doesn't require a moving part, like the wichard.

I'm going to make a winter project to make a custom bridle. I'm going to dust off my old three strand splicing skills (been a long time) and make a long bridle that will go over the bow roller, down about 4 feet and back to the center of the foredeck. Then I'm going to splice in two legs, one to each side cleat, with a spliced eye to lay over each cleat. It will require some measuring, as the roller is not centered. Theoretically, I would only have to attach the hook fore of the windlass and lay the two eyes over the cleats, let out enough chain to take up the bridle and done. We'll see.

Something to do over the winter. If it isn't fantastic, I'm going back to the rolling hitch.
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Indeed, looks very interesting. Anyone has experience with it?
Yes.

Easy on, easy off. Stays on the chain well, even with sloppy deployment, so long as the hook does not rest on the bottom.
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I've been using the Mantus hook and like it. Doesn't fall off, yet is easy to remove when you want to.
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I just ordered one, as it seems like the least likely to fall off and doesn't require a moving part, like the wichard.

I'm going to make a winter project to make a custom bridle. I'm going to dust off my old three strand splicing skills (been a long time) and make a long bridle that will go over the bow roller, down about 4 feet and back to the center of the foredeck. Then I'm going to splice in two legs, one to each side cleat, with a spliced eye to lay over each cleat. It will require some measuring, as the roller is not centered. Theoretically, I would only have to attach the hook fore of the windlass and lay the two eyes over the cleats, let out enough chain to take up the bridle and done. We'll see.

Something to do over the winter. If it isn't fantastic, I'm going back to the rolling hitch.
Update.

My Mantus hook just arrived. We have 1/2" chain and the hook for it is HUGE! 8 inches x 5 inches. That's not fully bad, but I am now wondering if it will go through and over the bow roller. I will have to measure.

My real concern is for the galvanizing. I didn't want stainless, as it should be weaker. That may have been a mistake. It appears the casting wasn't perfect, so someone hit it with a grinder. With it all bright and new, I can't really tell if the galvanizing was ground off or not. If it was, it will rust instantly. Further, its very clear that the galvanizing didn't take well to the raised lettering on the hook.

Given all the compliments this company has been given, I was surprised at the poor quality so far.
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Update.

My Mantus hook just arrived. We have 1/2" chain and the hook for it is HUGE! 8 inches x 5 inches. That's not fully bad, but I am now wondering if it will go through and over the bow roller. I will have to measure.

My real concern is for the galvanizing. I didn't want stainless, as it should be weaker. That may have been a mistake. It appears the casting wasn't perfect, so someone hit it with a grinder. With it all bright and new, I can't really tell if the galvanizing was ground off or not. If it was, it will rust instantly. Further, its very clear that the galvanizing didn't take well to the raised lettering on the hook.

Given all the compliments this company has been given, I was surprised at the poor quality so far.
Doesn't sound too good.

Based on the discussion on this group, I also ordered the Mantus Hook but in stainless (I am not too concerned about breaking strength for a snubber). I ordered this a week ago. They seem to take their sweet time about it: I ordered it on Amazon a week ago and it is still listed as 'being prepared for shipping.' Not a problem, I am snowed with work and can't go sailing this week or next but usually stuff ordered through Amazon is shipped within a day or two.

I will let you guys know how it looks like when it gets here.
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Re: Mantus hook

1. Get stainless. It's pretty and will outlast you.

2. They are VERY overbuilt. Strength is not at issue.

3. It doesn't have to be as strong as the chain--they are rated to G5--only as strong as the snubber, which should be considerably lighter to allow stretch.

4. It will not go through the rollers.
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4. It will not go through the rollers.
If that proves true, it's a deal breaker. No way one can get around the pulpit and reach down to the chain on our boat. Presently, we tie a rolling hitch on the chain coming off the windlass and let it run through.

I may have to return it.
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Re: Anchor Snubbers Redux

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I saw in the archives a hotly contested thread about anchor snubbers:
What kind of anchor snubber?

No-one mentioned a simple chain hook that screws as a way to fix the snubber to the chain.
Cequent Quick-Link Chain Hook-Up 10000 lbs. 1/2 49135

Wouldn't one of these solve the hook-falling-off-chain problem?
...or you can go old-school: mouse the hook with a bit of tarred marline: waterproof, easy, cheap, fast, removed with one swipe of a good sharp knife*:
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