I must respond to the idea of a chain hook. Now that we have dyneema
, chain hooks are no longer needed. Over the years, I have tried three different types of hooks, and they are all horrible. The above mentioned "M" hook won't go over your bow roller and you don't want to hang upside down over the crossbar to connect the hook to your chain. The "M" hook in particular is almost impossible to get on and off your chain even when you have the chain and hook on deck
, much less whilst leaning over the bow.
Instead of a chain hook, make yourself a Prusik loop, bend that onto the chain, and attach the bridle to the Prusik with a soft shackle. It is easy to deploy and retrieve. Since it will go easily over your bow roller, all the work
can be done on deck
. Easy on and Easy off. Select dyneema
with SWL greater than your chain. Learn to splice dyneema and you can make your own Prusik and soft shackle for very little money
We like to connect our bridle to pad eyes just above the water
line rather than to deck cleats, because it allows us to use less scope
to obtain the same holding power. (Take your freeboard times your scope
ratio; e.g., 6 feet of freeboard x 5:1 scope = 30 feet shorter rode
for the same holding power.) Wouldn't you rather have a 30 foot shorter swinging radius?
Be aware, though, that attaching to pad eyes that low also makes it impossible to quickly slip your anchor
chain in an emergency
. So if severe weather
is in the forecast
we make the bridle fast to deck cleats, instead.