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You'd have to let out an extra 75' of chain or so—starting with the 60' where the snubbing line is attached. Since you need to let out enough chain to get the snubbing line attachment point 40' or so from the stern of the boat. If you only let out 40' of chain, you'll have a bridle, with one chain leg and one rope leg and the boat perpendicular to the main part of the anchor rode... that'd probably be a bad way to anchor.
Originally Posted by SollaSollewSails
The link to the Don Jordon article is very instructive with regards to the issue of sailing around at anchor. The Bavaria mast is rather far forward and may indeed act as the feathers on a arrow (as he notes) leading to instability when moored from the bow. I think the idea of a riding sail is essentially to create bigger feathers at the stern. Obviously mine were not quite big enough. Rigging the anchor from the stern is a nice idea though it does not seem very practical. One thought is to keep everything as it is but instead to snub from a stern cleat. Here's the scenario:
- Say depth, etc dictate 100 feet of chain. Anchor with 60 then attach a 40 foot snubbing line (length of the boat plus 6 feet extra).
- Carry the bitter end of the snubbing line to a stern cleat (extra credit for a bridle of some sort) and attach.
- The boat is still bow to the wind since no additional chain has been let out. The snubbing line is 'flaccid'.
- Now, let out the remaining 40 feet of chain.
- Gradually the snubber will take the load and harden up just as it normally would except this time it's attachment point is at the stern.
- End result, stern-to anchoring
I'm just thinking out load here so please limit sarcastic assessments about what an idiot I am.
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