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Old 11-12-2015, 03:14   #1
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Reals of rope on stern

I've noticed lately that a lot of yachts coming from overseas have reels of rope on the stern of them what is this used for mainly when cruising


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Re: Reals of rope on stern

Stern anchor rode.
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Re: Reals of rope on stern

You mean something like this?
use as a (stern) anchor rode?
and who knows for what else, as long as there is a strong cleat or post nearby.
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Re: Reals of rope on stern

They are used to tie the stern of the boat to a rock on shore in the Mediterranean.

They are either 1 in tape or a rope as in the pick. The cleat is to tie it off.

Many, many med boats have them.
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Re: Reals of rope on stern

Also used for towing to slow the boat in following seas, during storm conditions.
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Re: Reals of rope on stern

I have seen reels of rope for med mooring, but never seen a real of rope. New one to me.
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Also used for towing to slow the boat in following seas, during storm conditions.
Not that line, I think. What you are describing are warps, which I picture as being considerably larger, like one-inch or thicker line.
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Re: Reals of rope on stern

I did not specify what line to use. Only that deck reels can be used to store it.
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Re: Reals of rope on stern

I use 12mm nylon (Marlow) as shore lines - plenty strong enough at 3900kg/8377lb BS for a a 45 ft cat. We have two reels, one each port and starboard for this purpose. They have fitted double thick Sunbrella covers on them. To anyone thinking about these, ensure they are removable as someone else may take a liking to the lines otherwise. We can also use these lines for stern anchoring but have never done so yet. Each of our reels holds 150m.

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Not that line, I think. What you are describing are warps, which I picture as being considerably larger, like one-inch or thicker line.
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Re: Reals of rope on stern

Stern tie to shore to avoid swinging in tight anchorages where the slope of the bottom is steep as it extends off the shore. You set the bow anchor with appropriate scope and then back down, wrapping the aft line to the shore (tree or rock) and connecting both ends to aft cleat(s) which allows you simply to untie the free end from the boat without having to return to shore when you wish to leave.

This is a very common practice in the Pacific Northwest, especially in Desolation Sound in BC where the anchorages are very tight and there are a lot of boats, especially in the summer.
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Re: Reals of rope on stern

I bought my reel in Turkey. It makes Med mooring (bow in) a breeze. I line up on my intended berth, ease the Danforth down, then motor up to the quay with the anchor rode paying off the reel. Once the bow lines are secured the stern rode can be tensioned with a primary winch. FWIW full keel boats can't always safely back to a quay, hence bow in.

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Re: Reals of rope on stern

Excellent devices are those reels! You can never have too much line aboard, though of course you cannot carry rope to answer every purpose. The pictured reel can obviously hold the standard length of reel of 1/2" rope, which is 600 ft, say 200 metres.

As others have pointed out, it is wonderful for warps and as a towing hawser, as well as for the more common purpose of doing a "mediterranean" moor. Here in British Columbia her Majesty's Parks Service very thoughtfully provides rings set in the cliff-wall where the water is deep right in and boats are often cheek by jowl. If you are away from a marine park such as, say, in Codfish Cove, trees clinging to the cliff face do the job of the rings.

In a 30 footer, small as it is, a decent sheet anchor is a pain to have rattling around in a locker and gobbling up badly needed stowage space. Stowing a Danforth, shank vertical, shackle end down, in a tube on the pushpit right next to the reel is convenient. The rode on the reel comes down the tube from the top alongside the shank so letting go is a piecacake

The reel shouldn't be used as a windlass. And a proper bitt or cleat should be provided for the rode.


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Re: Reals of rope on stern

There's a good demonstration of one use of the ropes in the video "Skip Novak's Storm Sailing Part 11: Tying to shore."


The use of wire harnesses for tying off to boulders is a good idea. The line used is polypropylene. One concern I have is that other boats will have difficulty seeing the line.
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Re: Reals of rope on stern

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You mean something like this?
use as a (stern) anchor rode?
and who knows for what else, as long as there is a strong cleat or post nearby.
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To what is the end of that attached? If it's attached to the reel, which appears to be attached to the pushpit, it strikes me as asking for damage.
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Re: Reals of rope on stern

You simply pay out the required amount of line and secure the line to a cleat. No need to damage anything.
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