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Old 04-23-2015, 01:26 PM   #21
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Like the looks of the utility straps, and the price for six seems reasonable if they hold up. However, I just went to order some and the shipping is almost the same as the order - $15.49 for the straps, and $13 for shipping.

BTW, the Top Shelf website indicates that Hopkins Carter is a retailer. HopCar - is that the case?
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Old 04-23-2015, 03:15 PM   #22
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Clove hitch over the rail? Free and can't lose it overboard.
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Old 04-23-2015, 03:17 PM   #23
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Wow, those Cruisers Utility Straps are EXPENSIVE! $15.49 each.

I just coil my line then wrap it around the bow rail. It's tough to explain so I'll try to upload a picture. Basically all you do after you coil the line is hold it alongside the bow rail. Then you reach through, grab the bottom end of the coil and bring it up through the top end of the coil. Then snug it tight.

Like I said, it's easier to load a picture than to explain the procedure so everyone understands it.

The beauty of doing it this way is you can move the lines to wherever you want without having to move a line holder. Plus, the line can still be attached to a cleat and you do this with the bitter end.

Exactly Mike,
It is so easy; nothing required other than a rail and the line. (see bottom centre of photo)

But there is money to be made selling special rope hanging devices.
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Old 04-24-2015, 11:38 AM   #24
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Exactly Mike,
It is so easy; nothing required other than a rail and the line. (see bottom centre of photo)
But there is money to be made selling special rope hanging devices.
Same here ... the lines (ropes) are on the rail ready to be grabbed and pulled, no devices to mess with while docking.



Still, I like the plastic ties ... great for other things around the boat and dock: shore power and extension cords, water hoses, extra lines in storage, anything that needs to be stored neatly and securely.

They do not seem that expensive for a pack of six.
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