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Old 03-10-2016, 01:11 PM   #41
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Hi Tom, I'm easily confused.
And for the record, everyone...

Parks is building our snubber to our spec and is doing a great job and for a really good price. He has emailed us pictures of progress, is en engaging us on what we need, and is being patient while Bess and I discuss changes.

He has sold us our anchor chain/rode for less than anyone else we got prices from and shipped it for his cost. He has been wonderful to work with and I will be calling him more often for quotes on... STUFF.

Thanks Parks.
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Old 03-10-2016, 01:20 PM   #42
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I hear he delivers anchors in person, also, for nothing more than the cost of a few beers and some morning coffee. That's service!!
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Old 03-10-2016, 01:30 PM   #43
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The slotted hooks still point load the individual link, the cradle hooks cup the entire bottom of the link and spread the load over the part of the link that would be loaded under normal circumstances. The "lifting" industry has well documented how to load a chain for maximum strength. The PS article referred (and deferred) to the "lifting" industry data.

The Mantus was the thinnest of the slotted hooks, which is why it lost the highest percentage of chain strength.
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Tom, thank you for the kind words!
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Tom, thank you for the kind words!
It's a bow-mance.
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:57 PM   #46
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The PS article missed the best chain hook out there. The Ultra Chain Grab from Quickline. 316 ss, heavily built and the only one I have seen that pulls in line with the chain.Not at an angle which weakens the chain. Well designed, it stays put until you pull the chain taught with the windlass and then will drop off with a couple of shakes of the snubber line(s). I did have to smooth up the inside of the shank where the rope(s) splices on.
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Old 03-18-2016, 07:33 AM   #47
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ANY old sailboat snap shakle is strong enough for a snubber line, and pulls the chain properly.

As the line must be thin to enjoy the stretch , there is seldom much load on the unit.

Should the snubber part , you still get the snap shakle back!

Low cost , low effort, the choice even for the Bestitis folks.
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The PS article missed the best chain hook out there. The Ultra Chain Grab from Quickline. 316 ss, heavily built and the only one I have seen that pulls in line with the chain.Not at an angle which weakens the chain. Well designed, it stays put until you pull the chain taught with the windlass and then will drop off with a couple of shakes of the snubber line(s). I did have to smooth up the inside of the shank where the rope(s) splices on.
Thanks for posting. Does anyone else have experience with one of these?
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"the only one I have seen that pulls in line with the chain."
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I did see the one you have pictured here, but it doesn't look anywhere near as strong as the Ultra. The pics speak for themselves.
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But testing speaks louder...

If it's rated strong enough.....then it's what it is .

Looks like both depend on welds which make me wonder about quality control.....thankfully they are just for snubbers.
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The Ultra in 3/8" chain size is rated for 11,000 lbs. Don't know about the other one. Everything I've bought from Quickline has been really good quality. I've been in the marine trades for 45+ years so I've seen a lot of hardware both good and bad. More bad than good.
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The U shaped chain plates many of us use do the same thing. I like the centering effect they provide and they tend to cut down horsing.

I used to use a single line, rated for the rode size required by the boat, attached to the chain with a rolling hitch. Served me extremely well in a wild squall as well in almost three days of 20+knot winds. Plus it made me look and feel kind of salty. Then a friend gifted me the plate and bridle and we never looked back.
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Old 03-21-2016, 09:28 AM   #54
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I prefer the Kong’s Stainless Steel Chain Gripper...it can be attached onto the chain inside the safety of the rails, no need to lean out over the rails.
It works especially well if you have an anchor on the side through a hawse pipe.

Kong 8mm-12mm Chain Gripper Shackle

http://www.bluemarinestore.com/chain-gripper-from-kong/
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