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Old 23-10-2012, 18:30   #16
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Re: Getting a new bridle

as long as the line is large enough you won't notice a huge loss due to knots or splices.


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Old 23-10-2012, 18:44   #17
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Re: Getting a new bridle

The local marine chandler here in Manly, QLD makes up bridles to order, and I am going that path rather than learn splicing skills on something so important.
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Old 23-10-2012, 18:49   #18
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Re: Getting a new bridle

Good grief! Just take any old nylon lines and tie them to your anchor chain with rolling hitches. Actually, you can take one longer line attached to both bows, mark the center of the line with a piece of tape, and then just tie the doubled line near the center to the chain with a rolling hitch. A rolling hitch is strong and won't slip. No ropework involved. I did it for years on my catamaran, but I lead the main anchor from one bow, and then just lead a light line from the other bow to tie to the chain, then let out just the right amount of chain to form a nice V at the bow. Works easy peasy.
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Re: Getting a new bridle

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as long as the line is large enough you won't notice a huge loss due to knots or splices.
Interesting that the rope in the illustration is seized, not spliced. Potentially stronger than a splice, though the difference is trivial. More vulnerable to UV and abrasion. But a reasonable alternative, occasionally, for used line that won't splice.
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Old 29-10-2012, 00:13   #20
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Re: Getting a new bridle

I made one very cheaply, by using my old four-wheel drive snatch strap. 10M long and designed to pull 5tonne of 4x4 out of bogs with 25% stretch. folded it in half and tied a figure eight a few meters back, leaving enough at each spliced eye endto reach the hardpoint with a shackle and resulting in a 45% triangle shape. End result is supperb, boat rides up or back and stops gently without any jerkiness. Cost about $60 to pick on up at the camping shop. Tony. Sunbird. Australia. Seawind 1000.
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