There are a number of ways to attach a snubber to an anchor chain.
A gripping hitch, a soft shackle, or a chain hook are the most common of the three, for the many who seek a faster, simpler way to attach a snubber, is to use a chain hook, using a Chain hook for anchoring is primarily derived from hooks used widely in the lifting industry. Their most common use is to shorten chains when lifting. The hooks sold by marine manufacturers and suppliers present few, if any, design changes, except that marine versions come in stainless steel or with galvanized coatings. Industrial lifting hooks are reliable but users need to know that they can significantly weaken the chain. Several popular hook designs result in a concentrated point load where the edges of the hook come into contact with the chain. Chain hooks are made to fit a specific chain size, so you need to buy the right hook for your chain.
A hook that is slightly too big or too small might work, but a bigger hook will slip off more easily and a smaller one can be more difficult to attach.
A disadvantage of most chain hooks is that you need to attach them to rode that has already cleared the bow roller and is well outboard of the pulpit. The ideal hook can be attached with one hand so that the other is free to hold on to the boat. Hooks with latches are almost 100 percent secure, but you need two hands to attach and disengage them. Some designs are clearly stronger and better suited to the task of anchoring than others.
With Viking's new chain lock design, you will enjoy both worlds, easy one-hand mounting and dismounting, and 100 percent secure to the chain.
Our one-size chain lock will work with both 8 mm and 10 mm chains.
Viking chain lock is made of high tensile Hardox 450 steel with Stainless steel LFR, same as our anchors, having a thick coating of Zinc promising long life usage.
In severe weather use a bridle.