Date: 18 May 2018. Dock Lines from
Halyards (snubber too)
One of my
favorite activities is shopping. The thrill of the hunt is a great
part of the experience. A while back I was fortunate enough to get
to the Cortez nautical flea market. That is a once per year event in
Cortez, Florida. One of the best finds of the day were some old halyards.
Not all were in great condition so I fixed 'em. Today I'll tell you
The next scheduled Cortez nautical flea market is 20 October 2018.
It is held
on the Florida Maritime Museum grounds located at 4415 119th Street
West, ↓ CORTEZ, FL 34215
I LOVED the museum. There is no admission charge, so please make a
I'd been looking for dock lines for quite a spell. Paying retail was
not on the agenda. Thus, the nautical flea market had a special
appeal. I was hoping to find several items on my Wish List. Details
on how I keep track of this sort of thing is found in the
Aboard Seaweed I
prefer braided lines, except for my snubber. A snubber is a line
that attaches to an anchor chain.
3-strand rope I use as a snubber offers a spring. When the boat is
at anchor and a wind comes up Seaweed naturally stretches out her
chain. The snubber allows the boat to ride better with less abrupt
movement when the wind blows.
When the boat
comes to the end of her chain without a snubber in place there is a
sudden stop followed by a jerk. It is unpleasant. This is a problem
for those of us who prefer to anchor with a chain rode. The solution
is to add a rope snubber.
The chain is falling almost straight down while the
snubber is extended out. My snubber is black.
Snubber Stuff: After my anchor is set I let out the
chain until the length deployed is approximately three to four times the
depth of the water. Then I attach my snubber to the chain. My
snubber line is 15' long. Next I release about 20' more
chain. I want the boat to ride on the rope versus the chain.
I'm using and am delighted with my
Mantus snubber attachment. Previously I'd used a rolling hitch but
the Mantus chain grabber works better. It does not fall off. Contact Greg at
Anchors for information. The man's got
great products. No affiliation, etc.
There are many
schools of thought on snubber length. One that is popular calls for
a snubber at least the length of your boat. Some recommend 40' or
more for a snubber. I don't follow that way of thinking. My snubber
is such that if it were to detach, it cannot possibly get tangled
into my prop. Thus, 15' is enough for Seaweed.
Please bear in
mind that I'm coastal. I do not anchor in wide open places with lots
of fetch unless the weather is favorable. Larger boats that venture
further may chose to use a longer snubber.
But I digress...
When I was at the Cortez nautical flea market last autumn I found a
pile of old sailboat *halyards. I bought ten lines, each between
twenty and forty feet long. The total cost was $6. This was near the
end of the sale which I am sure contributed to the lower price. I was
naturally very pleased with my
are the lines used to raise a sail. Side Note: One eBook I find
useful when dealing with boating terminology was compiled by my
friend Stuart Warren. His book is titled
Dictionary of Nautical Terms. I use it to confirm definitions.
had been in the sun so I expected damage. What I found was that
several lines had hard areas. That would have been caused by wear, strain or
stress. Braided line has an inner core that when hot or stressed
from applied tension melts. You can tell because the line won't be pliable
in that one particular area. It will feel stiff.
You can see narrowed areas of line, plus some
fraying. All that was removed.
Between the scissors and my X-acto knife (thanks Ken)
I was able to eliminate the damaged spots.
This is my friend ↓
Ken. Skipper likes him too. Ken is an electrical guy and did much
wiring on Seaweed.
Ken has two cats aboard his 40' Rhodes Bounty. Lessa
and Erin are great felines.
This is Lessa:
This is Erin:
After I cut out the few bad areas on the halyard lines I took a lighter and burned the
finished I had 13 lines for my Seaweed at a cost of less than 50
After I had coiled the lines I rinsed all with fresh water. Then I
hung them in the cockpit to dry.
After they were dried I attached a couple of eyebolts in my
starboard side cockpit locker. A
line looped between the two eyebolts allows me to hang all my new
dock lines out of the way yet easily accessible. When I come into a dock
it's a simple matter to retrieve a few lines. I place them where
lines out of the sunlight will increase their usable lifespan.
Paracord keeps the lines tidy and allows me to remove
one at a time.
bargain at a nautical flea market is always a good thing. People
like me appreciate the affordable prices found at such places. I had a great time
at Cortez and found some cool stuff.
To you and
yours, I wish you much success in your hunts for boat
What was what your used boat find?
And, where did you find it?
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