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Old 04-05-2016, 05:51   #1
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Banged in the nose

We use an all-chain anchor rode. On the hook, we use a two- legged bridle-snubber tied off to two bow cleats. My problem is that, on occasion, with strange wind/tide/wave combinations I am getting nose chafe at the waterline from my anchor chain. While this will be addressed at my next bottom job I am wondering if anything can be done to avoid the problem. Thanks all!
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Old 04-05-2016, 15:15   #3
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Re: Banged in the nose

Boatie's right,

You need to hold the boat off the chain, or put up with the chafe. Sometimes you get tide rode, sometimes wind rode.

If it's a tidal flow, a drogue off the stern will keep you aligned with the current, but, of course, doesn't help much if the wind that's blowing you over your chain is strong.

Sometimes, you can spring your stern around by using a line from your anchor rode (rolling hitch) to your aftmost winch, and winch the stern around, but that only works when the wind stays from the same direction. [This technique can work to keep you bow or stern into the swell in an otherwise rolly anchorage.]

Actually, we generally try to avoid wind over tide situations, because we don't like the chafe nor the hassle of using a kedge. Sort of embarrassing to admit, but true.

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Re: Banged in the nose

A simplistic idea:

Pool noodle, split down the side and then slide it over and velcro strap it on the problem section of chain.

Should be good for short term anyway. At least something softer is bumping the hull instead of bare chain.
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Re: Banged in the nose

Yours is a monohull?
Get rid of the bridle and have 1 snubbed line that stops 1 ft above the water surface. Have the loop of chain quite small (not touching the water).

See if it works.



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Re: Banged in the nose

A longer snubber may be too simplistic and idea, but it's a factor that would make a difference in many circumstances. Of course, if the conditions are causing you to ride forward far over your chain, the kedge that Boatman recommends may be best.
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Split bridle is part of your problem. Use a longer single nylon snubber and you may as well end up with less damage, or none.

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Plate your stem with steel.

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Plate your stem with steel.

The damage is BELOW the waterline

Really dig the look on your trawler though
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Haven't yet had hull damage with my anchor bridal.

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Re: Banged in the nose

turning the helm to port or starboard usually helps we are a monohull sometimes she rounds up then settles in with the hull away from the chain
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