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Old 02-08-2014, 11:37   #1
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Single Bridle off Anchor Roller vs Double Bridle with Chocks?

Still working out my foredeck arrangement.

Still having a problem figuring out where to put the chocks.

I've heard that you should not leave your chain taking the weight over the bow roller. Most bridles I've seen are two legged going over port and starboard chocks.

I have a pretty massively built bow roller with a delrin sheave. Just want to confirm that it's bad practice to use a single 3-strand bridle going over the roller vs a 2 legged bridle going over two chocks.
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:48   #2
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Re: Single Bridle off Anchor Roller vs Double Bridle with Chocks?

I would not consider it a bad idea to have the single bridle over the bow roller, but I would point out the advantages of the double bridle. Some might consider the double bridle as having the second line absorbing the stress and shock or a redundant line that remains if one fails. The double bridle keeps the snubber lines away from the chain and less subject to chafe. More important to me, the double bridle spreads the angle pulling the bow back to center and reducing the dancing about while at anchor.
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Re: Single Bridle off Anchor Roller vs Double Bridle with Chocks?

sully75,

One can do it either way. Why not experiment? If you find that your boat dances more than you're happy with, make up a snubber bridle. If she's okay with a single line, that's okay, too. We use the over the roller method, and have done for years. Hudson's probably been using the bridle since he discovered he likes the way the boat lies at anchor better that way.

For us, I think it is a bit easier to deploy the single line kind, and remove it--but we haven't been practicing with the bridle. What'll happen is whatever method you choose, you'll work out little ways of making it easier.

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Re: Single Bridle off Anchor Roller vs Double Bridle with Chocks?

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................. Hudson's probably been using the bridle since he discovered he likes the way the boat lies at anchor better that way. ............ Ann
Good point,- and sure, this is true. I expect that your underwater configuration would be a factor in making the choice. I think my keel contiguous with the rudder favors my choice. A big gap between the keel and rudder might allow less of a dance with the single snubber line.
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Re: Single Bridle off Anchor Roller vs Double Bridle with Chocks?

We use a single one.

Can't see why this could be bad practice.

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