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What are the recommended lengths for mooring ropes on a 60ft narrowboat

Asked by: Brian Greenaway  | 9.19am, Tuesday 25 August

WW says:

When you say mooring ropes, I assume that you mean ropes that you will use for mooring and also for holding the boat at locks and occasionally pulling it - in other words, general cruising ropes.
Our boat is 60ft long and we use 10 metre ropes that are sold ready-made in most chandlers. We have one at the bow, one at the stern and one fixed to a 'T' stud at the half way point in the roof. If you do not have a centre fixing point, the other ropes may need to be longer so that you can hold both ends at once. This is, however, not an easy thing to do so it might be better to consider adding a centre fixing point.
To prolong the life of your cruising ropes, it is a good idea to have a separate set of ropes to use when the boat is left on its mooring for any length of time. These can be older or cheaper ropes but they should still be sound so that they don't snap and leave the boat across the canal. The length will depend on the location of your mooring rings or what ever you tie to.

Graham Booth  | 4.50PM, Tuesday 25 August

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