Originally Posted by Kettlewell
Barnie, yes chain is good stuff in coral
waters. Here on the East Coast
of the USA most anchorages
have a nice mud bottom and we don't worry too much about chafe on the bottom. The main place where chafe is a factor is where it contacts the boat before going over the side. I have always used long lengths of plastic tubing, which I understand is now frowned upon due to overheating
issues, and find that it totally eliminates this chafe at the boat end. In any case, more chafe resistance is nice to have.
I can confirm the latest thinking about not using vinyl or rubber tubing for hurricane chafe gear
. After over a dozen "little" hurricanes and no problems with either type of chafe gear
, we endured Hurricane "Ivan" in Pensacola
. (1 MPH shy of a Catagory 4, gusting over 150 MPH, with a 13' - 15' surge)
I had 21 lines on my boat, most, but not all made it, however they all had to be replaced due to damage. The boat on the upwind side of the dock
, was my real threat. This was why I went "out in it" 9 times to adjust lines, even swimming the side stroke the last trip! His 36' monohull
tugged on it's lines hard enough to cleanly pop a 1" doublebraid line with 30,000 pound BL!
These were very different loads to what I had experienced in the past. The lines I had on my boat had a combination of polyester textile chafe gear and vinyl hose chafe gear on other lines. The textile gear was ruined for future use, but mostly protected the line. Several of the lines in 1" vinyl hose, where they went over an edge, melted to a brittle cylinder of solid plastic. These were the only total failures.
I still use "hose" at the dock
or in a Cat.1, but in a real blow, I would use the textile variety, perhaps doubled up... It apparently DOES dissipate the heat better.