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Old 08 July 2011, 14:30   #1
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Safe stowage of mooring ropes

There was discussion on here recently about painter lengths and getting entangled in the prop should it disappear overboard. All good stuff and learned a lot.

So, what's the collective view of how to secure the stern mooring ropes? Up till now mine are just kept neatly on the floor at each side of the A frame root and could conceivably go overboard and cause mayhem.

Ideas?
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Old 08 July 2011, 14:47   #2
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couple of small bags one each side of the A frame that the rope can be stuffed into , on my hard boat i made a couple of makeshift ones from a pair of old oilskin trouser legs with one end sewn up .
or a couple of toggles and bungie cord to wrap around the a frame .
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Old 08 July 2011, 14:47   #3
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Hi L, how are you?
I never keep ropes on the deck I usually keep them in the pod storage or tied-off to the seat back pad of the rear pods. Hope that helps.

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Back in the day when I had stern lines, I used to coil them and tie them onto the cleats on my A-frame.
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Back in the day when I had stern lines, I used to coil them and tie them onto the cleats on my A-frame.
Hmmm...No cleats on this boat. Plan B?
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Hmmm...No cleats on this boat. Plan B?
erm, coil them and tie them to the A-frame horizontals?
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Tie them to the A frame.
I tie mine onto the handles on the console, that way if I need it its to hand.... although most things are to hand on an SR4!
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I have one stern line on my boat which goes from the cleat on one side of the A frame to the cleat on the other side of the A frame, across the deck after of the rearmost seat.

When I want to tie up to something I just take it off the side that isn't against the dock/other boat and use that as the free end. No risk of the line escaping - a modest risk of tripping on the rope I suppose but as it tends to sit across where the transom joins the deck, it isn't a problem. If I need a second line, which isn't very often, I have others coiled up in the pod seats.

With hindsight I would have had a couple of small stainless hooks welded onto the A frame that you could take a few turns of rope around and tie it off, but I only thought of that after I got the boat. Happy enough with the way it works though.
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Depends how "pretty" your RIB is, Aldi or Lidl often do mesh bags that are really cheap that are ideal for flaking rope into. Alternatively any dive shop will flog you a "goody" bag most often used now for storage of fins, mask and snorkel not for shellfish as per the last century!
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Old 09 July 2011, 07:49   #10
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Mine are secured to the a frame and just left loose in the stern.

Never ever had one go overboard.
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