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Custom build a strop or bridle with top quality LIROS Rope spliced by the Jimmy Green Rigging Team - 3 Strand for single strops or Anchorplait for bridles.
Single line strops can be used over the bow roller. Twin strop lines (V shaped bridles) are ideal for use with handed deck fairleads and mooring cleats.
Once the desired length of chain has been paid out, secure the end of the strop to a cleat and attach the hook/gripper/grab to the chain with slack in the line.
Ease off enough chain so that the strop is taking the load and remember to allow for the rope to stretch.
LIROS Nylon will stretch approximately 20% at the breaking point. There is no material difference in elasticity between 3 strand and Anchorplait construction. The aim is for the strop to take the strain.
The chain should be secured to a cleat or post if practicable or by means of a stopper, safety rope just in case the strop fails. The windlass should only be the strongpoint of last resort.
Choose a strop diameter roughly equal to your bower anchor warp size.
Bear in mind that an oversize nylon strop will not stretch as much as the correct size.
A slightly undersized nylon strop will provide more shock absorption but may ultimately prove sacrificial.
Factor in to your selection: