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Re: Chain Snubber "tell tale"
Interesting approach. I can see and feel my snubbers stretch out under load, but I can see how the rubber link would be an easy visible marker.
I always set my anchor on straight chain only. I only add in the snubber at the end, after the anchor is set and well dug in. Not saying the other way isnít fine, but without the snubber on it is absolutely clear when the anchor is holding as the chain goes straight and hard.
Chain can go straight when the boats dragging... the bottom offers some resistance... the compensator technique assures that the rode is secured to the bottom and taking a serious load... enough to hold the boat.
If the wind is light you STILL want to load up the tackle to set it well so that when the wind DOES pipe up the anchor system is set for the higher load. I am not sure the rating of these compensators... but I am sure that you can compute the force by how much it elongates. Kinda hard to see that in a plain bare snubber line.
pay attention... someone's life depends on it