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Old 26-05-2014, 12:55   #31
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Re: Anchor Chain to Sampson Post,- How do they do it?

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We didn't have rolling seas or crashing waves though so maybe it wasn't a great test.
Still my gut feeling is to go with Dynemaa or Spectra soft shackles...
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Old 26-05-2014, 14:01   #32
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Re: Anchor Chain to Sampson Post,- How do they do it?

The short Dyneema strop that has been suggested is not in place of a snubber, it is addition to a snubber. The Dyneema is simply a means of attaching the chain to the boat in the event that the snubber fails.

Using a short length of Dyneema at the boat end of a snubber has been suggested and trialed by Evans S. There the Dyneema's low stretch and high chafe resistance provide a good wearing area where the snubber goes through chocks, etc. IMO, a very good solution.

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Re: Anchor chain to samson post - how do they do it?

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But it's so difficult to find a chandlery that keeps them in stock.
anchor wench: I have one. expensive, high maintenance.
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Re: Anchor Chain to Sampson Post,- How do they do it?

I would like to see photos of your set up before offering any suggestions.
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Re: Anchor Chain to Sampson Post,- How do they do it?

Where I grew up, most of the fishing boats had a piece of stainless rod through their wooden Sampson posts. They would wrap the chain around the post once or twice, then stick the rod through the center of a chain link, then go for another wrap or two around the post. I never saw one slip, ever. The rod diameter was probably about 3/8" (10mm) & probably protruded from the post about 2-3" (50-75mm). They sometimes had to pull up a little slack from the anchor end to get the chain to come off the rod.

Another good option is a short piece of line with a snatch hook on it. Just hook to the chain up short, then cleat off the line.

If you have concerns about a hook on a snubber coming off of a chain while at anchor, you may wish to wrap a lanyard around the opening of the hook so that the chain can't come out.
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Re: Anchor chain to samson post - how do they do it?

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Dear people,

Please though, pretty please, stop suggesting a windlass.

I do appreciate the input, but right now it lacks in motivation to redo all that work and then some. Perhaps after a few months of anchor-hauling manually I will change my mind, and I'll most certainly think of you guys . For now however, it's not really an option.
You never answered my question on why you want an all chain rode?

Are you anchoring in areas that require it?

Most 29 foot boats would have a hard time with that much weight in the bow.
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Re: Anchor Chain to Sampson Post,- How do they do it?

I would second the idea of short length of line to attach the chain to the Sampson post. This is in addition to the snubber.
The line needs to be rated above the breaking strain of your chain. Dynema would be ideal but it is not essential the rope just becomes thicker with less exotic line.

A have been using soft shackles (following Estarzinger's great idea) for a few months and they are are a great solution for attaching the chain to the above line and/or the snubber.

I am not very keen on cleating off the chain around the Sampson post. There is some risk of it jamming and in strong conditions it would difficult, or at least slow to release the pressure on the chain.
Rope has the advantage that it can always be cut in an emergency.
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Re: Anchor chain to samson post - how do they do it?

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You have to tell me your training secrets. I can't get mine to crawl into a small space like that to fix things. I've tried praises, bribery, and shoulder rubs but to no avail.
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You have to tell me your training secrets. I can't get mine to crawl into a small space like that to fix things. I've tried praises, bribery, and shoulder rubs but to no avail.

In the 60s it was "plastic" but today it's: FOOTRUBS.
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