Hi, Bess - congrats on the new boat
One reason I'd encourage you to experiment
with both basic types of snubbers is that I think you'll find the single-line option simpler (as Defjef's post suggests). That's certainly been my experience.
Also, keep in mind that - after you've anchored and everything is 'set' - you may find it necessary to adjust the length of your rode
. One example - happened to me in Bermuda
- is that a little thunderstorm arrives, there's a wind
shift, and the boat that was on your side is now right in front of you, a little too close, and you'll want to drop back a bit. Adjusting the rode
is a bit more fiddly with the bridle.
This also illustrates why I'd recommend you use a rolling hitch vs. a chain hook. Imagine the above scenario: The wind's both shifted and picked up steam, the rode's under some strain and you want the adjustment to minimize finger- and hand-based activities near that chain. With a 20' length of nylon snubber hitched to the chain, you don't have to deal with that hitch. Use the windlass to take up on the chain (to release the snubber line's tension), unfasten the snubber (now unloaded and easily/safely done), veer some more chain (with the snubber line zipping over the bow roller, staying attached & disappearing), brake the chain with the windlass and then put on your 2nd snubber line (which you have handy for just this reason). Later, retrieving the chain will bring the 1st snubber back to you.
Practice tying a rolling hitch a bit and it will become very quick and simple to use, and very reliable (unlike that chain hook I've had fall off my rodes on many occasions). After tying the knot
, 'work on it' just a bit, scrunching the turns together so the whole hitch is snug and tightening any loose parts
. Only takes an additional 5-10 secs and gives you some additional confidence.
Be sure to not leave the chain on the windlass' gypsy
and the brake engaged. If the snubber fails, you'll risk damaging the windlass.