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Old 01-08-2014, 08:26 PM   #41
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Anyone here make or use a heavie? aka heaving line, or monkeys fist?

Mine's on my boat, so no picture. Never had to use it, but it sure was fun to make. I was the heavie king on my boat (boat meaning submarine). I should've been a cowboy.
No but have always wanted to. What diameter and type of line did you use?
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No but have always wanted to. What diameter and type of line did you use?
here's mine....

wonder if Mark's cannon can be retro-fitted...
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Old 01-08-2014, 09:02 PM   #43
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here's mine....

wonder if Mark's cannon can be retro-fitted...


NICE!!!

Wonder if it can be aimed accurately at a passing tsunami inducing 70 foot Azimut's? I have a certain one in mind...
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Old 01-08-2014, 09:04 PM   #44
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We proud but po' boys used a sack of rocks.

Are you kidding me, it takes how much line to make one of those?

I do admire the skill and patience involved. Something I look forward to having the time to do.
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Old 01-08-2014, 09:28 PM   #45
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here's mine....



wonder if Mark's cannon can be retro-fitted...
Hey - That's freeken neat! Haven't seen one of those in years.

Sure would save me from playing cowboy while tossing out a really lightweight (15 lb) aluminum danforth style anchor about 30 feet into tules w/ only line attached when we nose into Delta's islands' shores! But, I might have hard time to get the anchor back in if it goes too far into the trees and such!
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With just my wife and I on the boat, which is the usual situation, we will stop or nearly stop the boat a safe distance from a new docking situation. We will discuss our options and come to a conclusion how we will dock before we actually pull up to the dock. With a single engine and no thruster there can be a problem if we miss our dock. Actually, I try to have a docking plan when there is wind or current or both which allows me an "out" if something goes wrong. Very selfdom do I need to execute the out, but I try to have one built into my docking plan. Not an elaborate plan, but enough of a plan.
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Old 01-08-2014, 09:43 PM   #47
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I have seen bullrails, but never where they were the only available location to use.

Is that typical on the west coast?
Bullrails are especially popular in British Columbia. Definitely more bullrails than cleats. We usually use a clove hitch with an extra knot.

In the Puget Sound, I would say that cleats are more popular.
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Imagine the dock as a woman. You must be gentle and delicate. Move in slowly. Once you have earned her confidence, tie her up, and jump on.

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Imagine the dock as a woman. You must be gentle and delicate. Move in slowly. Once you have earned her confidence, tie her up, and jump on.

Ben not sure I'd use this method!! But for all others, Mr Ben here has mastered absolute patience in docking. I often tell Tom to put his "Ben Matthews" on.
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Imagine the dock as a woman. You must be gentle and delicate. Move in slowly. Once you have earned her confidence, tie her up, and jump on.

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Ben not sure I'd use this method!! But for all others, Mr Ben here has mastered absolute patience in docking. I often tell Tom to put his "Ben Matthews" on.
Ya' know... cudda gone a few more years without that being public knowledge.

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No but have always wanted to. What diameter and type of line did you use?
1/4" cotton braided cord
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Bullrails are especially popular in British Columbia. Definitely more bullrails than cleats. We usually use a clove hitch with an extra knot.

In the Puget Sound, I would say that cleats are more popular.
I grew up using clove hitches, but have learned that two wraps and two half hitches work as well and never get one in trouble as they can always be untied while under tension. Trying to untie a clove hitch that is under tension usually coincides with the time one wants to be untied in a hurry.
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My Admiral doesn't jump to docks. Period. She knows better and will wait until I position the boat so that she can step off. From the helm I can't see her as she's getting ready to get off, so we have a pretty solid understanding about this rule.

When I'm getting close to the slip she yells up to me to let me know she's in the cockpit. When I have the boat in position she again yells up to me to let me know she is on the dock.
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As far as the lassoing of cleats goes; ever see a bullrail?
Yes, around here where bullrails prevail about the only way you're going to have a line tied before you get off is to have someone waiting at the dock.
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I grew up using clove hitches, but have learned that two wraps and two half hitches work as well and never get one in trouble as they can always be untied while under tension. Trying to untie a clove hitch that is under tension usually coincides with the time one wants to be untied in a hurry.
I have been leaning more to the wraps and half hitches myself...especially with smaller diameter lines...
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Bullrails are especially popular in British Columbia. Definitely more bullrails than cleats. We usually use a clove hitch with an extra knot.
And in SE Alaska. Single-handing much of the time, I get a lot of practice stepping up onto the gunwale, down onto the bull rail or float, and then getting the line around that bull rail.

I try to be a good person and not jump too often, particularly when the float's walking surface is wood rather than concrete, and sometimes pretty slippery. Gotta make it quick though, if wind or current is trying to run off with the boat. So far so good - no sitzmarks on the float as yet.

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