Originally Posted by nautical62
I use about 20 feet or retired climbing rope with a hook on the end. One reason I use a snubber is to protect the bow roller, so I run it through a chock which has caused very little wear. If it did, I'd just cut another piece of rope. At one time, I just slid a piece of tubular webbing over the rope where it was in contact with the chock to reduce wear.
Yes, tubular webbing is the thing. I've been using it on mooring
gear for 25 years. 1-inch fits up to 1/2-inch line and 2-inch fits up to 1-inch line
Sail Delmarva: Anchor and Bow Details
The advantage of a 2-line snubber of bridle
is that you can adjust for when wind
and wave are not from the same angle, which is common. I have one snubber with fixed loops, which is faster, but I also use and adjustable version, cleated off.
Most chain snubbers are WAY too short. They will fail unless it is long enough to absorb the wave action, which means 1-3 feet of stretch at working load, which means at LEAST 15-30 feet. The 3- to 6-foot snubbers I often see are beside the point and destine to fail; they are exposing line to chain-type surges, without allowing it to show it's strength, which is stretch. They are the result of not understanding the combination of steady and pulsing forces, and the strengths of each material.
Plates are common too, either purchased or homemade. This one I fabricated to my own dimensions:
Sail Delmarva: The Ultimate Chain Hook for Catmarans...
It is utterly dependable and very versatile. I made my own because I wanted the extra attachment point and I wanted the gate (that may be an original adaptation - I have seen imitations since).
Yeah, I'm a climber from WAY back.
Climber's Guide to Old Rag Mountain, Virginia