Caveat: this really only applies to anchoring
loads and would only for a few boats out there - definitely not a universal solution.
We have a bowsprit
on our boat and the way the forward chocks are setup, our anchor snubber will end up chafing on our bobstay and side-loading the stay as we sail at anchor. If we run the snubber over the bowsprit
and bowroller, then we introduce anchor loads onto our bowsprit and into our rigging. I wasn't happy with either solution. While a bit more of a drastic solution, we chose to move the mounting point of the anchor snubber down to the stem iron (the fitting that attaches the bobstay to the hull).
This gives us a few advantages:
* No chafing line needed, the line runs to our rode without passing over any other piece of the boat.
* The snubber is in the water
up is less of a concern.
* It reduces our scope
. In 20' of water, we used to have to calculate scope
based on 24' since the snubber was 4' off the height of the water. No more. 100' of rode is a true 5:1 in 20' of water.
* We sail way less at anchor.
There are a few disadvantages:
* Since the snubber attaches down at the waterline we leave it attached all the time. There is a risk of the line entering the water while underway. We deliberately sized the line so it can't reach back and get entangled in our prop.
* In an emergency
, casting off our ground tackle is problematic. There are ways to do it but none of them are ideal.
* Leaving it attached all the time does expose it to light chafing on the deck hardware
. More of a long term inspection
kind of problem.
Overall, I feel the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.
The stem iron fitting with its big backing plates
. We bought this from Caliber directly so we feel pretty confident about the engineering. They sell new boats with this fitting and market it as able to handle storm anchoring loads. The fiberglass
at the stem where we installed it is 1.5 inches thick. And the fitting is built like a brick sh*t house. I had a stainless steel
guy go over it to check the welds and build quality. He said it looked awesome.