While our Mantus anchor is nicely buried in sand, holding us securely, the gusty conditions last night brought us out on deck to check the state of our relatively-new anchor bridle. My thoughts are that the snubber, spliced from some line that I found on the boat, is neither long enough, nor thick enough, to properly deal with the higher loads that come with the big gusts.
Splicing the new snubber while sailing.
Our friend Drew did quite a bit of testing on anchor snubbers for Practical Sailor Magazine, especially related to using a snubber/bridle to deal with less than ideal conditions. A quick Google search brought me to a discussion group thread where he was sharing some of his findings. While I could go buy some more line to make a better one, alternatively perhaps we should just get a Mantus bridle and chain hook to go with our shiny new anchor?