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Old 31-01-2013, 08:13   #1
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How to rig a snubber ona bobstay boat

I was curious how to rig a snubber on a bobstay boat. My seafarer34 has a bobstay, and I'm not certain if a snubber will work, or what would be the proper way to rig a snubber?
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Re: How to rig a snubber ona bobstay boat

Hey Blackoak,

I enjoy reading your posts on your sailing adventures. There's a pretty good discussion under anchoring and mooring about setting up a bridle. I've got a bobstay on my Tayana 37 and tried to give an explaination of how I rig it. I do like using a bridle rather that just one line since it seems to lessen the movement of the bow back and forth.
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Re: How to rig a snubber ona bobstay boat

There are 3 main schools of thought that I know of.
1. Shackle a fixed-length snubber to the bobstay fitting low down on the hull. Advantages: increases the effective scope by lowering the attachment to the boat. Disadvantages: hard to adjust, possible to lose the end when retrieving or adjusting the rode.
2. A snatch block at the end of the bowsprit (I helped a friend set this one up). Advantages: more leverage to straighten out a boat that "tacks" around at anchor, Can adjust the amount of scope by either having a long snubber, or letting one run free and running another one (2 snatch blocks make that easier). Disadvantages: the attachment point is usually higher than the deck, causing a decrease in effective scope.
3. Run a bridle through deck chocks like on a boat without a bowsprit/bobstay. May need chafin gear in case it rubs on the bobstay, though.
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Re: How to rig a snubber ona bobstay boat

We had to deal with this for 17 years on our Mariner 40, Sea Trek. We simply rigged a bridle with chafe gear on the line where it rubbed against the stay and dolphin striker. We used this in up to hurricane conditions. It was never an issue. Chuck
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Re: How to rig a snubber ona bobstay boat

Doesn't anyone fit a length of PVC pipe over their bobstay to act as an anti-chafing roller, similar to what is often seen on side-stays?
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Re: How to rig a snubber ona bobstay boat

Thanks for all the info. Gonna take this advice and give it a shot. My bobstay is a smooth rod of stainless steel, so chafing isnt really an issue, but cradled up on this mooring ball, I can hear the lines rub up and down on the stay, sometimes sounds like 2 pieces of wood being banged together. The idea of a piece of pvc being a roller is interesting, I have them on my shrouds for my genoa sheets to roll on.
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Re: How to rig a snubber ona bobstay boat

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Doesn't anyone fit a length of PVC pipe over their bobstay to act as an anti-chafing roller, similar to what is often seen on side-stays?
We have seen several boats like this and it does help but does not protect the line from any fittings at the end of the bobstay. Chuck
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