This forum is hopping !
I am glad so many people responded.
I am curious about the people using snubbers that are rubber wound with line. My evaluation of those devices was that the rubber material (usually neoprene or bunna-n or some mix) was not suitable to the marine
enviroment. Those compounds are sensative to uv as well as any oil
contamination, including suntan lotion. After years of use, do they show cracks or a lighter skin color or abrasion?
The second problem was the friction and wear associated with line rubbing and twisting around the rubber core
. While this may work well in settled conditions, my concern was for a device that will survive extreem weather
Looking at another angle- the swinging of the boat is the main culprit. As the boat sails
back and forth, the anchor rode goes slack and then gets slammed. The boat gets sideways to the wind- not good.
I love to try things so I rigged a huge kite to the stern. In a good wind
you would not be able to hold the line. This worked well, less swing and the rode did not go slack-- untill the wind dropped.
The next experiment
was to deploy a conical drogue
about 3 feet across . The line was tied to the corner of the swim platform and very closely tied. In tidal-current areas this works super, the boat swings very little. Without current
to fill the drouge the boat swings but slower and to a smaller angle-measured with the compass
. This system worked well in Block island on a night when the town moorings were dragging.
The problem in picking a rode is, that an all nylon rode has the best stretch while an all chain rode stays down best.
Using a nylon snubber is a compromise. Not enough give.
material that I am currently using has been used during hurricanes as a mooring line as well as a pendant or snubber. The boats stayed put while all others were lost
. This is what sold me. The thing cost 500 bucks and is worth every penny.