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Mooring ropes.

What is the recomended length of mooring ropes for river & canal use. What Diam. recomended eyes.

Asked by: John Dymond  | 2.04pm, Saturday 16 March

WW says:

Ropes need to be long enough to enable you to control the boat from the bank but not so long that they end up in a tangled mess. In practice, for a boat of 50ft to 60ft with a centre rope fixing on the roof, 10 metres is about right. You can hold the boat of the front and centre ropes while waiting for a lock and have some spare length to hold on to.
The most popular thickness of rope for narrowboats is three strand 14mm. Synthetic hemp has a good feel and looks the part. It is also relatively easy to splice if you feel like having a go yourself - unlike braid on braid types.
You need a spliced eye at one end and a back splice on the other. Tradline fenders at Braunston, as well as some large chandlers, sell sets of three 10metre, 14mm pre-spliced ropes for bow, centre and stern. You can also buy pre-spliced ropes for side fenders.
To save your cruising ropes from weather and wear, it is a good idea to have some shorter mooring ropes to use when the boat is on its home mooring between cruises.

Graham Booth  | 2.36PM, Saturday 16 March

You might want some longer, thinner lines to use as spring lines... Also on some river licks, having lines that can go up to the bollards on the lock side and back to the boat can be useful- spring lines can be used for this. Spring lines can easily
Be 12 or even 10mm, and aroUnd 1.5 times the length of the principle mooring lines.

Mark Langley  | 9.01PM, Sunday 17 March

River locks. Serves me right for trying to answer a question on my iPhone! Sorry about the typos!

Mark Langley  | 2.57PM, Monday 18 March

Readers say:

Thank you,I had thought 10mts too long but you have put me right. J.D.

John Dymond  | 12.08PM, Sunday 17 March

Thak you. J.D.

John Dymond  | 12.11PM, Sunday 17 March

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