The 48 North Marine Economy Anchor Snubber is hand-assembled and made of US marine-grade, UV stabilized 3-strand nylon rope with a stainless steel chain hook spliced into it. We've melted the heck out of the other end, dipped it, and whipped it with twine to prevent unraveling. We've kept the price down by splicing the line directly to the hook and eliminating the thimble and shackle (see note).
Note: This product should be used for fair-weather boating only. In an effort to maintain affordability, the splice to connect the hook bends the rope strands 180 degrees around the eye of the hook thus reducing overall strength. Boaters likely to encounter foul weather should consider our heavy-duty snubbers and bridles as they are designed for superior strength and all-weather use.
Select the product size based on your anchor chain size, length, weight, and freeboard of your boat. Please see the "Snubber Sizing" tab for details.
3-strand nylon line - Nylon is ideal due to its ability to stretch and resistance to rot, chemicals, and heat. We use a soft-lay 3-strand that's easy on the hands and it's UV stabilized to limit degradation from the sun.
316 stainless steel eye grab hook - No more cleaning rust stains off the deck or annual repainting of a rusty hook.
Spliced-in hook - Splicing is stronger than sewn eyes; we use 7 or more tucks for strength
Whipped end - Heavy-melt, dipped, and whipped with twine on the bitter end keeps things from unraveling
2 lengths available - Choice of 2 lengths should accommodate most boat sizes, even those with high freeboard or long bowsprits. Contact us if you need a custom size.
- Select your chain size first, then line diameter and length- Right-sizing a snubber is important; over-sizing, as with most ground tackle, is not desirable as you lose some of the energy-absorbing benefits- Boats with high freeboard (trawlers, etc) should consider a longer option- Catamarans should use a bridle- If in doubt, choose the longer option
Estimate the snubber length using the following formula:Snubber Length = (Boat Length X .4) + Freeboard Height (freeboard height meaning distance from deck or gunwale to water)
Example: (40' boat X .4) + 4' freeboard = 20' snubber length
Please contact us if you have questions regarding sizing.
In our personal experience, we rarely use the spliced eyes since we rarely deploy more than 20' of our 30' bridle. Yes, increasing scope and deploying the full-length of your snubber or bridle is generally desirable in poor conditions but sometimes it's shallow or you don't want to deal with 30' of line for a calm night on the hook. Since it's not usually desirable to payout the full length of your snubber, we made the choice to not include them in our products. We're always happy to add a spliced eye if your desire one. Please contact us for any desired customization.