Originally Posted by mikew4
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.