Originally Posted by dhays
A couple weeks ago my wife was complaining that our traveling dock lines were too old, too stiff, and the eyes weren’t big enough to easily go over our cleats. She wanted new ones.
She wanted black double braid... I ended up buying a 100’ hank of 5/8” cheap double braid from ebay.
The lines were very easy to splice. I find that the size of my eye’s are not consistent. I sometimes get eyes that are up to 2” smaller than anticipated.
Anyway, 4 new lines that are long enough to use for typical bow and stern lines. I’m going to keep those 4 plus the 2 50’ lines on board. I’ve never found a need for anything more than that so I don’t want to bother carrying them.
Great work.Stiffness of the old lines may just be salt encrustation which a fresh water wash would fix.
If it is the same stuff as here, the black lines looks smart, but are soft and wear easily.
Within reason, you can`t have too much rope on a boat. Or torches.
The eye presentation is neither here nor there, but it would be frightening in your consulting room.