Anchor Snubber & Bridle Information Resources

We believe the list of articles, videos and books represents some of the more thoughtful information on the Internet about anchor snubbing. Please contact us with any additional considerations for the list. We expect this list will grow in time.

Online Articles

Great, in-depth article by Jonathan Neeves at Sail Magazine

Three articles by the always thoughtful folks at Practical Sailor:
*contains snubber sizing equation which we use as an alternative result in our online calculator

Good article on anchor loads and the ability of snubbers to reduce those loads by one of the experts: Drew Frye

Probably the most thorough treatment of anchoring and snubbing with the physics explained and the math provided. "The Chain Curve – Or How A Mathematician Anchors" by Mathias Wagner. For our snubber - bridle calculator we take the same approach as Mathias: we estimate the kinetic energy of the boat and then size the snubber - bridle with sufficient potential energy to absorb it.

Until Mathias Wagner's recent work, Alain Fraysse's work was probably considered the definitive work on anchoring physics and rode sizing.

Another good article on snubbers, generally, and sizing them


Decent video on fair-weather snubber deployment using a rolling hitch. Starts around 10:38.


Alain Poiraud et al., The Complete Book of Anchoring (McGraw Hill, 2008, ISBN: 978-0-07-147508-2)

Drew Frye, Rigging Modern Anchors (Seaworthy Publications, 2018, ISBN: 978-1-94-849407-66)

Doug Neil, 48° North Marine
Publish Date: 11/17/2020
Last Update: 3/25/2022