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Old 19-03-2016, 07:07   #136
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Re: When to Set a Stern Anchor?

On my boat, in lieu of drilling more holes, I use a short dyneema lashing through my bow cleat to a chain hook, rather than a chain stop. Once the snubber is set, I hook the chain hook onto chain, release 4 more inches of chain from windlass so hook takes up slack. Easy enough everyone without a chain stopper should do it....


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Old 19-03-2016, 07:20   #137
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Re: When to Set a Stern Anchor?

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On my boat, in lieu of drilling more holes, I use a short dyneema lashing through my bow cleat to a chain hook, rather than a chain stop. Once the snubber is set, I hook the chain hook onto chain, release 4 more inches of chain from windlass so hook takes up slack. Easy enough everyone without a chain stopper should do it....


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I have a similar arrangement that I also use to further stabilize my anchor while it is on my anchor davit. 'suits me well too!
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On my boat, in lieu of drilling more holes, I use a short dyneema lashing through my bow cleat to a chain hook, rather than a chain stop. Once the snubber is set, I hook the chain hook onto chain, release 4 more inches of chain from windlass so hook takes up slack. Easy enough everyone without a chain stopper should do it....


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A good idea! I also refused to drill holes in my foredeck for this purpose. I shackled a stainless steel chain to my inner forestay chainplate, and shackled a chain hook to the other end, and further use in the manner you describe.
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Right now I'm somewhere where it is hard to find good literature on the subject, so I am posing a question on this forum.

I would like to know when most folks consider it necessary to set a stern anchor. Also, what is the downside to doing so, and when might a 2nd bow anchor be a better choice.


Also, if anyone knows a good e-book on anchoring, which I can pick up on the net for a reasonable price, please let me know.

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I am summoning up the courage to post some upside down photos of the snubber arrangement I am now using after reading some of the advice on this thread, and coming up with a "creative" solution.

Note that this has nothing to do with my original post, but is reacting to some of the "thread drift" that has occurred herein. No problem on my end, if no problem for the moderator(s), since the entire thread has been very informative and greatly appreciated.

So, if so inclined, please check the photos and comment. Note that I'm using two snubbers, rigged from the anchor line to the outer hulls, then aft to port and starboard winches. So far, they have measurably reduced the noise heard in the main hull's forward cabin, and that is the main reason I added them.


Please forgive the lack of nylon rope - none aboard. Note further, that the use of snatch blocks v. soft shackles is designed to take a bit of pressure off the cleats, which are not that strong. Also, the extra noise they might make is not an issue, since, they have nice, rubber coatings and are on the outside hulls, which make them pretty silent when we are below in the main hull.

Lastly, the dual snubbers are attached below the chain swivel, in order to create some measure of protection, in the hopefully unlikely event that the oversized swivel should snap.

As per some of the advice on this thread, I will be taking off the swivel and one of the shackles next time I haul the anchor, which, hopefully, will be relatively soon. But that's another story.

Tell me what you folks think, but go easy on me, OK? : )

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Re: When to Set a Stern Anchor?

For some reason I went back to the original question which was:-

"I would like to know when most folks consider it necessary to set a stern anchor. Also, what is the downside to doing so, and when might a 2nd bow anchor be a better choice."

The answers have been particularly interesting and in many cases enlightening.
I think most of the respondents don't have the need for stern anchors but on the other hand some do find them useful under certain circumstances. Similarly using a second bow anchor has its detractors but others have used them for particular reasons with great success.
The important comment I would make is think about the problem you have, be flexible and consider the alternatives.
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