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Old 13-05-2022, 07:59   #1
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Attaching an Anchor Rode

I am looking at ways to attach an anchor bridle (Mantus Universal) to an combination anchor chain/rode in the middle of the 3/4" rode so I can adjust scope for different anchoring depths and harbors.

If it were at the end of the rode I could use a bowline or double bowline. I am thinking of using a caribiner on the bridle. If it were all chain they sell chain hooks I could use. I do not have a windless and I am keeping the weight down. I use my mast winch with drill/winch bit for the line retrieval.

The knot would need to be able to be untied after under strong tention and not reduce the strength of the rode significantly.

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Re: Attaching an Anchor Rode

You want either a rolling hitch or a Prusik hitch. I think an icicle hitch would work too for attaching a line to another line like that.
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The problem is I am attaching the middle of the line to a caribiner on the end of the bridle. So I think I will need a loop to hook it on to. I will leave the bridle attached to the cleats.
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Re: Attaching an Anchor Rode

You'll need to use another piece of line attached to the carabiner (a bowline to make a loop would work) and then hitched to the rode at the other end. The carabiner won't connect directly to the rode.
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Re: Attaching an Anchor Rode

The carabiner is not needed, not useful and is another possible failure point. Just use a short rope to tie to the bridle (bowline or halyard knot) and to the anchor rode (rolling hitch).

Also secure the rode itself to the boat, leaving only some slack between the bridle and the boat so if the bridle connection fails you'll still be in nearly the same position in the anchorage.
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Re: Attaching an Anchor Rode

Mantus sells what you are asking for: Snubber Pendant. It uses a prussic hitch to connect to a rope or chain rode.
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Re: Attaching an Anchor Rode

Prusik Hitch, easy to adjust,a rolling hitch will also work, experiment & try both...I prefer the Prusik...
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Re: Attaching an Anchor Rode

Prusik knot is fine or you could splice a loop and use it as a Prusik loop on the rode and attach to that with a snubber with a carabiner if you wanted. I use a Prusik loop for both attaching to chain and line when needed. No carabiner. As mentioned, not needed and potential failure point.
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Re: Attaching an Anchor Rode

Something like this...www.whitworths.com.au/linegrabber

Of course if you are usually in the middle of the nylon rode you can use that as one leg of your bridle and you can just rolling hitch another line on as your other leg.
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Something like this...www.whitworths.com.au/linegrabber

Of course if you are usually in the middle of the nylon rode you can use that as one leg of your bridle and you can just rolling hitch another line on as your other leg.

I've used those. A prusik holds much better. Use a $6 Dyneema climbing sling, twice as strong, many sources.
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Re: Attaching an Anchor Rode

The Prusik Knot/Hitch [Triple Sliding Hitch] is a symmetrical slide and grip knot, used when a load might need to be applied in either direction. They can slide up and down easily, but lock around the rode, when weighted.
The diameter of your snubber cord should be 60% to 80% of the ropeís [rode] diameter.

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I've used those. A prusik holds much better. Use a $6 Dyneema climbing sling, twice as strong, many sources.
Thanks for that...never seen or heard of them. Never seen a climbing shop anywhere either but I found something on ebay.
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Thanks for that...never seen or heard of them. Never seen a climbing shop anywhere either but I found something on ebay.

Amazon is another place. This is what we mean:
https://www.rei.com/product/191858/b...m-dynex-runner


More like $9-12, I date myself. But I just use slings I've retired from climbing, so they are free.
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Re: Attaching an Anchor Rode

As far as Prusik hitches go, I often just use cheap 3 strand dock lines as snubbers. They have an eye spliced into them, so as long as you don't mind a couple extra seconds to pull 30 feet of line through the loop when making the Prusik, you just use the spliced eye to attach to the rode (rope or chain) and then cleat the snubber at the desired length. If wanting a bridle, I just use 2.
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