Anchor Chain Snubber or Hook

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by potis, Sep 23, 2018.

  1. potis

    potis Member

    Oct 15, 2006
    San Ramon, CA
    2000 340 DA Sundancer
    "Soggy Dollar"
    7.4L V-Drives
    1BE57D08-B821-4B43-BFA1-54239D3D682D.jpeg Question: I am considering switching from my chain and rope anchor rode to all chain. Wondering what is the best snubber type assembly to attach chain to bow cleat to take the load off the windlass when anchored. I’ve seen posts and discussions that involve complex chain hooks and bridles to things as simple as a 3-strand line simply tied to the chain and then attached to the bow anchor cleat, like this picture. TIA.
  2. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Apr 21, 2009
    Don't really think there is a "best" - it's personal preference. But I wouldn't consider a clevis hook complicated.
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  3. potis

    potis Member

    Oct 15, 2006
    San Ramon, CA
    2000 340 DA Sundancer
    "Soggy Dollar"
    7.4L V-Drives
    Agree regarding Clevis hook.
  4. potis

    potis Member

    Oct 15, 2006
    San Ramon, CA
    2000 340 DA Sundancer
    "Soggy Dollar"
    7.4L V-Drives
    For our boating location and conditions, inland Sacramento- San Joaquin Delta, I think chain stopper is easiest, just not thrilled about drilling more holes in deck of boat.
  5. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    E7B31DCE-F040-4D73-B7E3-02B7AD73FA3C.jpeg I use a bridle with a chain hook. Pretty simple and works like a charm.

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    Last edited: Sep 27, 2018
  6. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    640 hp (Total)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    simple clevis hook with a fender line well...


  7. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    The problem with the chain stopper is you will hear the chain growling on the bow roller all night (depending on how well you sleep). I use a simple snubber line with a chain hook.
  8. rcknecht

    rcknecht Active Member

    Mar 23, 2009
    toms river,nj
    340 Sundancer 2001
    T 454 MPI
  9. Carbo

    Carbo Member

    Nov 15, 2011
    2014 48Cantius
    Volvo Penta D6 IPS
    Mantus sells a really great anchor bridle package. I own it and it works great on chain.
  10. sailorjerry

    sailorjerry Member

    Feb 12, 2011
    Newport, RI
    2003 Sundancer 460
    Cummings 8.3 6CTA
    I use the Sea Dog gripper plate. It fits easily between to links of your chain and ties off with two lines (not included) to your bow cleats. I have two boating friends that have bought it also.
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2018
  11. mobocracy

    mobocracy Member

    Jun 29, 2014
    United States
    310 Sundancer
    350 Mag & Bravo III
    I made a variant of this with a length of rope, except I use a stainless carabiner instead of a hook to attach to the chain and a dock line snubber on the rope. After connecting this, I let out enough chain to ensure the load is on the rope instead of the windlass, with some "slack" chain showing. I'm often surprised on a windier day that the line/snubber has stretched a bit because I've lost most of the looseness to the chain.

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