I have written about snubbers elsewhere, but once again.
Our 1" braid on braid (dock line) nylon snubber includes a heavy duty rubber mooring
compensator. We have at least 3 twists about the core
The compensator does several things:
1. When we set the anchor chain and attached the snubber line and tie it off to a bow cleat the compensator is between the bow roller and the water
. When it stretches it shows us that the anchor rode/chain is under tension and this means the anchor is well set. If we were slowly dragging for example the chain would appear taught as the anchor is dragged along the bottom. But it would never show the tension that the compensator does. This device is like anchor is set tell tale.
2. The compensator greatly reduced shock loading from wave action. Since chain doesn't stretch you need to have some stretch to reduce shock loading. A short low stretch snubber does not cut it in my opinion. The compensator effectively adds in the stretch that an all rope rode
I also have a float in the line and chafe which will save me from losing it to Davy Jones and can be used to float the anchor chain if I have to "cut and run".
I have a movable chafe patch to position it where it's needed as well.