Posted by: Craig | April 26, 2008

Mooring ropes

The whole ‘letting go’ is swift and takes less than ten minutes, but I do see a problem with a new rope used on the vessel.

These are some of the most environmentally friendly mooring lines (apparently) and they float (old fashioned ropes did that too you know), but it seems they get narrower when under tension, which is not too abnormal, but if the lines are reeled in under tension they can jam on the winch drum.

This means someone has to use a chain to leverage the rope out again while under tension. Despite that they are easy to handle, and the shoreside rope gangs quite deftly used their car to pull in slack to enable them to cast off the rope from the bollard.

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