Anchoring & Mooring

The camel hitch offered simplicity and reliability. It was easy to tie and did not slip under load. (Running a snubber over such a long and unsupported bow roller, especially without any chafe gear, is not recommended. This was for testing only.)

Hitches to Grip Anchor Chain

There’s more to tying a snubber to a chain rode than meets the eye.

When researching “Changing Views on Chain Hooks” (see PS, March 2016 online), we were surprised to discover that some chain hooks greatly reduced the breaking strength of a chain. Unless the hook itself broke, we assumed its effect on chain strength would be very minor.

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