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Old 14 October 2016, 18:09   #1
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New RIB and Warps....

OK...first RIB arriving next week. Need to get some rope.

Painter - just under boat length (6.5m) when tied to prevent fouling the prop. What type of rope?

What other rope types should I have on board and what lengths?

Mooring, springs, towing etc.

Happy to have more than needed. Storage not a problem (sizeable lockers & A-Frame). Just want to get the right stuff.
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Old 15 October 2016, 04:15   #2
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I wouldn't over think it.

Go to the chandlers and have a look at what they have.

Buy decent quality but not crazy top end stuff.

Don't go too small, the breaking strain may be sufficient for the job but a thicker rope is generally easier to handle.

IMO a painter is essential.

If you want to tie up alongside jetties etc I would have 3 or 4 mooring lines of 2 or 3 metres in length. All depends how long you will be staying and the layout of your cleats.

A 10m long general purpose rope would be handy if you have the stowage.

Learn some basic bends, hitches, whippings and splices.

If you get "traditional" 3 strand rope, it's easy to splice and make it look really neat.
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Old 15 October 2016, 04:35   #3
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Longer than boats length mooring ropes are a better idea, makes moving the boat around pontoons easier and enables you to pull the boat around so it doesn't scrape on the side of the pontoons, if you tie the ropes up well enougth inside when underway it shouldn't be a problem. Ive seen many people struggle with their boats in the marina due to minimal length of mooring lines.
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OK...first RIB arriving next week. Need to get some rope.

Painter - just under boat length (6.5m) when tied to prevent fouling the prop. What type of rope?

What other rope types should I have on board and what lengths?

Mooring, springs, towing etc.

Happy to have more than needed. Storage not a problem (sizeable lockers & A-Frame). Just want to get the right stuff.
Good question..and it generally takes a bit of time to settle on what suits you and your Boating.
I like the multibraid type rope for Painter and Warps a little more expensive but well worth it IME..soft ,supple,has a nice bit of weight for throwing,and plenty strong!..a good SS cleat on the in Boat end I've found is useful too.
And is very easy to attach the Anchor rope too quickly in an emergency....Anchor rope can be standard three or four strand,but it's a good idea to have purpose made anchor Rope as it has a good amount of stretch in it.
I also carry two mooring (length to suit your Boat) lines which I wrap around the A-frame (Port and Starboard) for easy access and deployment.
A couple of short looped one end and clip the other (SS Cleats) on mooring lines (1m Max)for swinging moorings is a really good idea and you're in buisness....
On the point of swinging moorings,always make sure you clip on and hence have a metal to metal connection to the Bouy/Chain...it's amazing how soon a Rope will wear through on a moving chain or metal link!


A good idea IMO is to take off the Bow eye and have a pro splice the rope to it,no knot,strong and takes up far less room on the Bow eye,which in turn gives you plenty of space for securing other fixings when towing or mooring (when your useing the short clip on mooring lines for instance)
Some spare Warp is always a good idea....stowed but accessible.
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Search ebay for Docklines. loads available and you can get a nice braided 10 meter line with a loop in one end for 10.
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This also is helpfull. Mooring mid line
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Nto over thinking it. Just want to get the right stuff. Am familiar with mooring a boat, knots etc, but never kitted a boat before as always used someone elses.

What is confusing is that on the web the strength (i.e. diamaeter) of rope is generally by length of boat, and I guess they mean a yacht. As a RIB is a lot lighter than a yacht, I guess you can go for thinner, less bulky rope.

So, what diameter rope for a 6.5m RIB?

My list so far for my 6.5m RIB is:

1off x 7m for Painter = 7m
2off x 7m for Springs = 14m
2off x 3.5m for Bow & Stern = 7m
2off x 15m for towing, quay walls etc. = 30m

Total length is 58m. So might as well get a 100m reel of Nylon and use the rest for anchor line and spare. Cheap at 57 from Mooring Ropes from Boat Gear Direct

Grateful for for the view on this approach on here. Ta.
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While I always admire and applaud economy - I'd just caution that you may find that using one type of rope leads to confusion...
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While I always admire and applaud economy - I'd just caution that you may find that using one type of rope leads to confusion...
Yep..As said.
One size fits All isn't always the way to go...but we know some people have to learn it for themselves.
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