When leaving the mooring I bring my bow line down the side and tie on to a handle in the cockpit ( see pic- for identification the handle has a rope on it )to make it easy to pick up both stern and bow lines on the return BUT- as the bow line is much longer than the distance to the handle I always try to tie it off but it never looks/feels as secure as i would like ideal- I wondered if there was a device that could fit on to the handle and could also grip the line securely so i can be sure it aint going to come loose fall in the water and foul the prop. Any sugestions for such a device or even a knot that would be bomb proof?
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08-04-12, 16:35 #1Registered User
Location : Rossendale
- Join Date
- Mar 2011
Is there such a thing as a rope lock device?
08-04-12, 20:17 #2
Fit a jamming cleat to the cabin side near the grab handle. Dinghies use them to hold sheets firmly when sailing yet still allow them to be released quickly & easily if necessary.
09-04-12, 11:15 #3
Do those not work by tension though? Ie the pull of the sails keeping them jammed?Ari
If a man speaks in a forest, and there is no woman to hear him, is he still wrong..?
09-04-12, 11:59 #4
Why would you run the bow line back to that point and leave the line flapping up the side of the boat on the gel coat ?
09-04-12, 22:26 #5Registered User
Location : Lurking in the Thames Valley
- Join Date
- Feb 2011
Overkill, but very secure.
Use a yacht clutch; http://www.marinescene.co.uk/categor...rope-clutches/
Otherwise learn the skill of making up a line, either into a "bunch" or by chain-linking - looks very cleaver, but easy to do.
10-04-12, 00:52 #6
Don't even think about a rope clutch, you have to have the rope fed thro them before it can be locked, but you cannot feed a bowline thro a hole just the size of the rope.
A nylon jamming cleat will only cost a quid or two, cam cleats might be a tenner, but the rope clutch (which will not do what you want) is about 30-40 squid! Otherwise, have a carabiner clip on your line to clip over the hand rail, or even a trailer hook to loop the bowline over.
One other cheap idea is a bungee strap fastened down the side of the cabin & slip the bowline under it. You could even pull the line free from the bow if you wanted then, none of the other solutions would permit that.
10-04-12, 01:20 #7Registered User
Location : Southampton
- Join Date
- Nov 2009
Put the bight of the line through the handle, then use it to make a couple of half-hitches round the standing part. Job done.
10-04-12, 10:11 #8
Sorry, but i still don't get why you need to run the bow line back to the cockpit and tie it to the handrail.
Also, not wanting to sound rude, but the lines in that picture look a bit of a mess. I most certainly would not want those big hanks of rope rubbing my gelcoat.
I must be missing something.
10-04-12, 10:29 #9
Looking at the picture again, i'd tie the lines differently. I'd have the forward spring and the stern line tied as slips, with the bow line and the aft spring line tied to the pontoon. When leaving the pontoon, the bow line and aft spring would be untied first, the other two lines could then be easily slipped from the cockpit.
I'd make a line up for the forward spring, so that it was just the right length, so there wasn't a load of warp rubbing the gel coat. Any lines left on the pontoon can be neatly coiled up.
10-04-12, 18:39 #10Registered User
Location : Isle of Wight
- Join Date
- Jan 2008
How about a "Line Tamer"