Because the anchor bridle cannot be reached from the deck / forward beam, we use a separate bridle when we are on a mooring. We attach the bridle to the forward mooring cleats and then to the mooring. We have two options:
- We can run the bridle lines outside of the hull, but this damages the gelcoat or,
- We can run the bridle in a straight line, over the cross beam. But the line then chafes over the rough part of the beam, or it gets caught in the space between the beam and the hull and wears through very quickly.
Neither has proven a good option for us. To solve it I installed two large fairleads. These keep the bridle off the cross beam and prevents it getting caught in the space between the beam and the hull.
The fairleads are Harken #3281 jibsheet fairlead large.