Last week my old bridle disintegrated and I need to make a new one. I've read through a lot of the bridle posts here, but I haven\t found exactly what I was looking for.
I have a beam of 7.42, but between the points where I will fix the bridle permanently I have about 7 meters. To give some quick specifications: I have a 43 feet catamaran
weighing around 10 tons, a Rocna
and all chain rode
. I'm heading into the Pacific, so that's where I'll be doing all my anchoring soon.
I plan to make a bridle along these lines (which I found in another post on bridles):
The big difference will be that I have stainless steel
thimbles where the bridle connects to my boat. They will be permanently attached there with a shackle on each pontoon.
Now on to my questions:
1. I hear a lot of different things about the length of the bridle on a catamaran. Some say it should be a 90 - 45 - 45 triangle, others say 60 - 60 - 60, some say the legs should be so short that the bridle doesn't hit the water
, while others again say it should be as long as you can.
So now I reach out to all of you, which do you prefer ... and why?
2. How thick and which kind of nylon rope
would you use for the bridle?
3. Would you make the bridle out of one long rope
(like in the picture above), or out of 2 ropes that get shackled together right before the chain hook?
I appreciate any help.