Sails, Rigging & Deck Gear

Snubber Chain Hooks Revisited

Mantus hook passes the test; PS yearns for a marine cradle hook.

Last spring we reported on tests of chain hooks (see “Testing the Effects of Chain Hooks,” PS March 2016). Those tests found that some hooks reduced the strength and seriously damaged the retained chain. The maker of one of the hooks, Mantus, criticized our methods because the chain size we used did not match their specs for the hook, so we repeated the tests using different chain. (For a complete discussion of this matter, see the Inside PS blog post “Can a Snubber Hook Weaken Your Chain?”) We also looked at newer products that had been introduced in the interim.

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