Originally Posted by jyasaki
Not to belittle your mate, but there are no ropes on a boat unless you have a bell...
It was on a swiftwater rescue course, we were more in the water than on the water (trying not to be under the water)
I've always got a little blunt nosed knife on my buoyancy aid, I know where it is when I need it and it gets sharpened or at least checked before every trip.
I picked up a floating rope off Mull 'crab patch' years ago in lumpy weather and had to cut it off the skeg in a hurry, as I did a large wave came over the back of the rib and hit me square in the chest/face, I took a sharp intake of breath and the knife which was between my teeth disappeared. I was happy to have stayed in the boat because I was on my own.
I started carrying a spare after that (spare knife not spare boat), I also bought a handheld vhf which is tied to me in case I fall out.
Proper paramedic shears will cut through most stuff in a hurry and they're designed not to puncture.
All the best,