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Old 03 January 2016, 09:05   #1
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Elasticated Webbing Mooring Strap

Since moving up from a 5.1 to 7.8 and after my back surgery earlier in the year making me less nimble i looked for ways to make my life easier when moring.

Years ago I windsurfed at a reasonably high level meaning using the rope to pull the sail up wasn't needed any longer except for very light winds. We used a piece of tubular webbing with shockcord/surgical tubing in to give us a means of pulling up the sail whilst staying out of the way for 90% of the time.

It occurred to me the same principle can be used when mooring, so i got a piece of tubular webbing (hollow down the middle) and some surgical tubing.

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One end has a large loop in it to go over the dock cleat, one a small loop to larks foot it to the handle on the console.

1st I tied the loops in the webbing with overhand knots (from research seems to be what slack liners uses in their webbing) to check the overall length and loop position.


Then i threaded the surgical tubing



and gathered it up until the end of the tubing was at the position of the first knot.




then tied the overhand knot

Then pulled the surgical tube out of the other end and let it go back to the position of the 2nd knot, tied it an overhand knot again.
and voila


now i can reach from the console, without needing to unclip the kill cord to make fast initially. In light winds or low current the webbing also holds the boat alongside. otherwise the webbing takes the load (2000kg breaking strain less the knots )
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Old 03 January 2016, 09:22   #2
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Neat. I made up a similar solution from 20mm Nylon with spliced loops. It's a VERY useful "cheat" when solo and I find it gets used a lot when I have inexperienced crew as well. Very good for a "touch and go" PAX swap or until one gets a chance to sort out proper lines.
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That is very neat. I'm currently thinking of about 400 WAFI uses where we have shock cord and wondering if this would be any better...

So first question:
For a ring (I seem to go a lot of places with rings rather than cleats - just a caribener on the end to clip onto the ring?

Second question:
Why the surgical tubing rather than 'conventional' shock cord? I can easily get shock cord. Surgical tubing... I guess I can get via fleabay (you can get everything there) but does it offer a specific advantage?

Third question:
Any maths on lengths stretched vs unstretched?
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Second question:
Why the surgical tubing rather than 'conventional' shock cord? I can easily get shock cord. Surgical tubing...
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....and after my back surgery earlier in the year...
I reckon he snaffled a few bits when they had their backs turned
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So first question:
For a ring (I seem to go a lot of places with rings rather than cleats - just a carabiner on the end to clip onto the ring?
Yep no reason why not, I have big ass wide mouth climbing carabiner to hand i can add if needed
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Second question:
Why the surgical tubing rather than 'conventional' shock cord? I can easily get shock cord. Surgical tubing... I guess I can get via fleabay (you can get everything there) but does it offer a specific advantage?
More stretch per unit length and better return to normal length properties.
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Third question:
Any maths on lengths stretched vs unstretched?
i just stretched out my arms as i know i needed circa 6ft of gap between console and cleat, then played with the surgical tube until i felt that at that length the pull back was enough to give me enough tension.
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I've used the elasticated rope loops withs carabiners that Towsure sold. Great for single handed. I've one on either side so if I pull alongside I have a flexible tie ready to loop round cleat bollard whatever then tie up properly.


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