We have been using a single line with a hook as our anchor chain snubber. I've had my eye on the Mantus chain hook for months, and we finally bought one. Now we have to create the snubber attachment for it. The folks at Mantus would be happy to sell us one, but we're poor Cruisers and will have to settle for making one ourselves.
I did a little bit of research on the Internet and found this very helpful article from Sail Delmarva, a blog that I've been following for some time. It was very helpful and I was able to formulate a plan from their post. The big mystery for me was the y-splice (which turns out to be only an eye splice-without the eye - duh).
|Our "Not so Nice" splice|
We set to work over several day, creating the splices, first the eye, then the y-splice, followed by two more eye splices to create the loops on the legs to go over the cleats.
We found some instructions online, but really got a big boost (a little too late) from a You-Tube video and became much better at it...about half way through.
|Our "better" splice|
We should have watched it several times because we finished a very nice splice, then went to bed. When we got up and started on it in the morning, we got a little messed up again... So the result is that we have two pretty nice looking splices, and two kind of gnarly looking ones.
At that point, our hands hurt so much from wrestling with that line, we didn't care. As long as it looked like it would hold, we are fine with it! We used our hot knife to cut the ends, which really seems to secure them well.
We secured the lines to cleats and then we winched the lines tight so that we could whip some of the end areas to further secure them. Bruce attached the Mantus Hook to the snubber with a shackle and wired it closed. Then we used zip ties to keep the chafe gear in place and voila! We're done!
|16 Foot Snubber line|
We can't wait to test our new snubber on Saturday at Baffle Point! We're watching the weather and should be set to go Saturday morning to begin the next leg of our Cruise!