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Old 06-04-2010, 23:02   #1
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Attaching a Bridle or Snubber to Anchor Line

Hello, I am a mono girl and I come in peace

I was wondering how you attach your anchor bridle to your non chain rode. Do you use a rolling hitch?
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Old 06-04-2010, 23:07   #2
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I was wondering how you attach your anchor bridle to your non chain rode. Do you use a rolling hitch?
I use chain with bridle, but a Prusic or Kleimheist works well on both chain and rope. With a boat hook and practice you should be able to adjust it too. A rolling hitch might be OK but Kleimheist is best.
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I agree with Paul.

Not to discourage new discussions, you may wish to also review these earlier threads on the subject.

Rolling Hitch Nylon Rode Snubber ?

Anchor Rode Bridle and Snubber

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I use chain with bridle, but a Prusic or Kleimheist works well on both chain and rope. With a boat hook and practice you should be able to adjust it too. A rolling hitch might be OK but Kleimheist is best.
I use a rolling hitch. Had never heard of the Klemheist before, but looked it up and it would be an awkward knot to remove or adjust, given that the long bridle legs need to be passed through the loop. The rolling hitch only requires a person to deal with the short end, so it is easily tied and untied without having to deal with long "tails".

edit: Cancel that comment -- I just read Thinwater's comments about using a short loop here Rolling Hitch Nylon Rode Snubber ? and that makes a lot of sense.
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The rolling hitch should only be used for non-critical moderate loads.
The Triple Sliding, Prusic or Kleimheist hitch are easy to tie, do not slip, but can be easily adjusted.
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The rolling hitch should only be used for non-critical moderate loads.
The Triple Sliding, Prusic or Kleimheist hitch are easy to tie, do not slip, but can be easily adjusted.
I beg to differ, if we are talking about tying a rope snubber to a chain. The rolling hitch is a beautiful knot for that purpose -- it grips the links instead of relying on friction and can't slip, and yet can be adjusted or untied easily. Complicated friction hitches are wrong for this application IMHO -- friction is not what is needed.

If we are talking about rope snubber to rope anchor rode, then that may be different. I lack experience.
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does one need a bridle on a rope rode?
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does one need a bridle on a rope rode?
If your boat swings or sails at anchor, yes.

(Most monohulls would benefit from them too, but they don't have enough beam to take full advantage of one. One way for a mono to benefit would be to attache a single-leg bridle on the rode that comes off the bow, and tie the bridle line amidships so the boat is offset to one side slightly.)
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If your boat swings or sails at anchor, yes.

(Most monohulls would benefit from them too, but they don't have enough beam to take full advantage of one. One way for a mono to benefit would be to attache a single-leg bridle on the rode that comes off the bow, and tie the bridle line amidships so the boat is offset to one side slightly.)
My trawler swings at anchor like a carnival ride So a bridle need to be offset from center to be helpful?
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... One way for a mono to benefit would be to attache a single-leg bridle on the rode that comes off the bow, and tie the bridle line amidships so the boat is offset to one side slightly.)
Indeed.
See ➥ Anchor Spring Lines
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My trawler swings at anchor like a carnival ride So a bridle need to be offset from center to be helpful?
Alternatively, perhaps you could sell tickets

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Thanks everyone! I am adding a bridle to take the load off my bowsprit and to help her sail less about the anchorage. My bowsprit doesn't have whisker stays and I worry about lateral loads at anchor. So I figured taking the load to the bridle, then on to the cleats is a good plan.
Already practicing the knots and will read the threads Gord pointed out. Sorry for posting a redundant thread, I searched around and didn't find those posts (you are good Gord!).
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The rolling hitch is brilliant and works well on both chain and rope.

Ocean girl: do you have an eye on the bow just above waterline (like for bobstay)? If so, attach a snubber there instead of a 2-legged bridle. You can tie the snubber up to a cleat while underway without removing it.

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