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Question M17 Bow Chock Placement?

I purchased a pair of bow chocks for my Montgomery 17 and yesterday I found a video that showed the bow chocks in a different place than what I had in mind. I thought I would ask which arrangement everyone thinks is best.

What I envisioned them being used as is a place for my anchor line/lines to run through so that they don't chafe on the forestay as the boat swings at anchor.

This first photo shows where I originally thought they should be.



Here is the placement that I saw on another M17 yesterday.



There is a large cleat to attach the anchor rode to just out if the frame. It is on the centerline of the boat just "below" the photo, another few inches aft.

WHat do you think?

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Although bow chocks are intended to overcome chafe, they can cause chafe if they arefaraway from the attachment point. It will be a good idea to place them as in the first photo (even closer to the sides) and the cleat or cleats must be positioned more close to them.
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the chocks need to be as close the edge as possible or the line will wear through the fiberglass or the wood , the line should touch nothing but the metal chock as it bends and runs down into the water. the cleat placement should be close to the chock so that the stretching of the line does not cause a sawing action on the chock. your cleat location should be ok in the center of your fore deck.

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Thanks for the replies!

Ok, so the placement in the first photo is what I will go with.

I think they are as close to the edge as I can get them without cutting something like the wood or the metal bracket on the tip of the bow. I would really rather not have to cut either one, but the wood would be my first choice if I really need too.

To cut or not to cut?

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You better add a metal plate where the rope is touching the boat after the chocks. Otherwise there will be chafe from and to the bow area.
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Wouldn't the rope then chafe on the metal plate?

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After taking into the consideration all of the above comments I have another solution.

Why don't I just cut the wood toerail so that the chock can be right at the edge of the deck?

Here are some photos showing what I'm talking about.

This one is an overhead shot where you can see I have the chock resting on top of the toerail. I am holding it right over the foremost bolt in the toerail. Mounting it here I could use the existing hole that the toerail bolt is going through. Also, with the bolts this close to the edge of the deck my bolts go through the hull to deck joint so there is no bolt going through the sandwiched balsa core.


Here is another angle of the chock in the same place.


Here is a picture that just shows my entire bow area. My only worry now would be the rode chafing again the bolts at the base of the bow rail. Some simple anti chafing material on the lines could solve this though.


Does sound like a better idea?

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