Bridles are the lines measuring 5/8” to 1” or more that attach the boat to your mooring system. There are many different designs for bridles and Two C’s Marine is constantly researching and experimenting with new ways to keep your boat as safe as possible.
We spend much time cutting and splicing our bridles to a standard diameter and length for various boat sizes. A standard bridle is more than adequate for most of the boats in the fleet. However, every vessel rides differently while on the mooring. Since the distance from the cleats to the chocks varies from boat to boat, some adjustments in the overall length of a bridle may need to be made. For example, if the mooring cleat on a vessels bow deck is located near the edge, then a standard bridle is more than adequate. On the other hand, if the bridles are to be fairlead through a chock and the cleat is located a great distance from this fairlead, the bridles may need to be a little bit longer.
Also it should be noted that when it comes to bridles, longer is not always better. It is true that the longer the bridle is, the more shock it can absorb. However, the longer the bridle means that there is more of it that can get wrapped around the chain when the tide changes, which causes the bridle to chaff. Typically, the standard bridle is long enough to provide a safe amount of shock absorption while reducing the chances of the line wrapping around the chain.