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Attaching snubber to chain...
or when using dual anchors (bahamian or hamerlock):
I have used:
* Chain hooks - I've never had one come off, but I've always wondered; do they ever come off? I use these on a bridle, where the rode is still attached to the boat.
* Slings with prusick hitches (I know some use a rolling hitch) - eventually chafe is a concern. Quick and easy for a bridle.
* Long-D shackles, carefully sized, not through the links but across like a chain hook. I suppose the shackle could stretch under extreme load and slide, but it should stay on. I use this mostly when using a bahamian moor - it allows me to connect the rodes away from the boat and avoid twists.
I have G5 chain and so getting anything through the link that is strong enough is not possible. Many quickly say" shackle the chains together - nope - not enough room between the links on this chain. On other chains, yes there is, and that would be a simple solution.
With the latter 2 methods I install the sling or shackle between the windlass and the roller and then let the chain out to make the final attachment on the other side, rather than lean over the bow to fool with it. The chain hook is easy enough to attach while leaning.
Has anyone tried either the Wichard locking chain hook or the Kong Chain Gripper? Will either fit over the roller, so that I do not have to fool with them leaning over the bow?
Because I have a catamaran and use a bridle every time, this is a nightly concern. Though I have never had a failure of any sort, there is always room for improvement.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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