This is the system that has worked for me or decades:
I have my 30' bridle
permanently attached. The two far ends are spliced over SS thimbles that are first prised over a 3/8" X 2" SS ring. Also made up onto this ring, between the other two, is a third line that is 3' long X 1/2" or 5/8" Dia. (also spliced onto a thimble)
When using the bridle
I set the hook firmly @ 7/1 scope
, then pull forward 30', do a rolling hitch on the anchor rode
with the 3' center leg of the bridle, then fall back the 30' to where I was. Now that I have the bridle a few feet tighter than the rode
, the boat points into the wind
without sawing around.
The other (boat) end of the bridle goes through closed bow chocks, (with chaffing gear), then to very strong cleats
further back. If the seaway is not coming from the direction that the wind
is coming from, (as they occasionally do), I can shorten up a couple of feet on one leg of the bridle, to fix this. For comfort sake, it is better to face the waves!
I have 6" horn cleats
mounted on each side of the bow rail, just forward of the headsail. When underway, or otherwise not using the bridle, I do a single
wrap of each leg onto their cleats, then flake back & forth the rest of the bridle into a bundle and tie it off. It has ridden up their from Trinidad to the Rio Dulce!
On a smaller catamaran
with no bow rail or attachment point it is not as simple... Perhaps you could have a cleat system mounted below the roller furling
drum? Or bundle up the works on one side or on the forward wing deck
, and pull the opposite leg across firmly & cleat it. As long as it is not being swept by a seaway.
Good luck, Mark