Keeping ahead of chafe
Chafe is one of the greatest enemies of a boater. In the past couple of months alone, we replaced several lines on One Love that had fallen victim to it. At the suggestion of our friend Drew, who has spent considerable time studying the effects of chafe and chafe prevention, we are testing out a relatively new product called Maxijacket.
Last season, for no small amount of money, we replaced One Love’s anchor bridle as it was showing considerable wear. There are two places on the bridle that are particularly prone to chafe: where the thimbles connect to each bow, and on the center section that rides over the anchor and up into the anchor roller. As we were on the dock yesterday preparing for our charter, I took advantage of that period of non-use to coat those two areas with Maxijacket. We’ll see how that helps.
There are a number of other chafe-prone areas that I also intend to apply the Maxijacket. When I get a suitable break, that is.