Is anybody using a carabiner attached to a bridle
to hook onto a mooring
ball on a transient (overnight) basis.? Mantis sells a bridle
system which has a chain hook as well as a carabiner. The carabiner is supposed to used when attaching to a mooring
. The SWL for the carabiner is 2000 pounds and the breaking strength is 8000 pounds. Wichard sells a similar carabiner as well. The safe working loads and breaking strength seem to be similar to the chain hook. I'm just trying to figure out if this is a good or safe option. The boat is a leopard
. It is difficult to find good data for loads exerted by a catamaran
while on a mooring. ABYC Data is mainly based on boat length of monohulls but not catamarans. They also don't take into account the gross tonnage of the boat or the free board of the catamaran. Most of the data is also based on anchoring
so the scope
is different which affects the load. Who knows ,it may not matter!
Based on my research
it seems like ABYC data is skewed to the high side. The only reference I found specifically for a catamaran was an old Practical Sailor article that calculated the max load at 40knts wind
for a lagoon
38 on a mooring. It was 1400 or so pounds.
Basically my question is ...would you use a carabiner attached to a bridle to attach to a mooring ball? Most of the time it's just going to be the wife and myself sailing so I'm looking for a quick and easy system to attach to a mooring ball. Presently we use the traditional method of lines on the port and starboard forward cleat that are fed through the eye of the mooring pennant and doubled back and secured to their respective cleats
. I'm looking for a quick and easy shortcut but I want to be safe about it.
There has been some talk about this on the forum in the past but the thread usually drifts towards anchoring
. I want to be very clear ...I am not talking about anchoring but rather about using a carabiner at the end of a bridle to attach to a mooring ball.
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