I completely agree with you there Alain, on most anyway
A big problem most have is telling the differance between good and bad. I just don't really know how it is easily over come. You can't trust something just because it has a known brand name on it, that's become very obvious.
We often get offered a new product or see one we think is OK but when we put it to the test it doesn't come up to grade. Thats one reason we always have a damn good play before we actually sell new things, something I wish more would do.
That 2nd swivel certianly looks to have spent a long time underwater. Failure was related to the build quality as you can see by no damage to the other side. It just snapped. That's the very reason we don't use one like that and in our newly release catalouge we even have photos of them and how easily they go bad, next to our good ones
Anywho... back to Salty Dogs mooring
I see what you mean there Wheels but have to agree with Alain in this case. In a real good blow the anchor
closest to the boat
does all the work
until it lets go and them your onto the back anchor
. We are talking some good wave action here so that is what will be the killer. Sure the 1st one will still help (think sentinal) but if the 2nd moves it's quickly into the left over mess of the 1st anchor so starts to move faster and then goes real bad.
I still would prefer the 3 pointer. It just speads the loads further.
I do agree with your comment about rope
only up to the boat
. I should have mentioned I'd do chain and lots of it but if I had left over rope
I'd use that as well. Situations like what Salty is describing are extreme so all we can do is use whatever we can and hope like hell. To make something that is bullet proof would cost big bucks and be doing nothing 99.9% of the time.