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Old 19 February 2004, 08:28   #11
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I attach the rope to the bow eye so any tension is pulling against that, the free end of the rope is then looped loosely up over the tubes into the boat and secured to a samson post.

Thus in the event the rope should come free from the bow eye, (or some snivelling rug rat should find it funny to release it from the bow eye) the boat can't float off.

If I need to leave the rib anchored in the sea overnight I deploy two anchors both attached in simalr fashion to the bow eye and loose end of rope to the samson post.

I have seen some ribs that have a fairlead guard / rubbing strake guide fitted to the bow so the rope rubs this instead of the tube.


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Old 19 February 2004, 11:38   #12
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Well its my apologies to both Dave Manning and Dave Mallett then (not quite sure who gets the lion's share of the apology though).
Lets just say it was DM then?

The method he described was as detailed by Martin Stacey. The towing eye's rope is attched to the anchor line, taking the strain and the balance of the anchor line is brought inboard and fastened separately. Thus the towing eye takes the strain, the remaining length of the anchor line acts as both safety, and as an aid to hauling in the anchor.
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