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Old 15-02-2014, 21:03   #1
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Short Ends

Sooo you bought yourself nice new line, (Halyard, Sheets, what have you). You where prudent and measured several times, then bought a bit more. Once you have it all installed and running you realize that you have an extra 10 feet that will never be used (even allowing to cut the other end down every few years due to potential damages).

What do you do with the 10 feet or less of of line??? It is all new and nice and strong and sexy and and and...short. I am sure this crowd has lots of ingenious ideas! Lets have at 'em!
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Old 15-02-2014, 21:11   #2
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You and your better half/significant other/casual partner can use them to pratice knots
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Old 15-02-2014, 22:23   #3
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Re: Short Ends

1) Fender whips
2) Sail ties
3) Save and end-to-end splice all the short pieces to get a long piece of new line
4) Dinghy painter
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Old 15-02-2014, 22:54   #4
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Just leave it on.

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Old 15-02-2014, 23:27   #5
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Re: Short Ends

Teather
Noose
Bucket rope
Put it in your lazarette and wonder what to do with it each time you move it!!!
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Re: Short Ends

Make indestructible baggywrinkle from Dyneema remnants?
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Old 18-02-2014, 21:42   #7
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Re: Short Ends

For halyards, leave the excess on. You never know when you may need to use it to hoist something from the water or from a dock, and the extra length will be useful. And of course, shortening it to remove chafed bits can happen now and again.

For sheets, I'd cut them off... the extra length is always in the way in the cockpit and is a a PITA. The short lengths have uses around the boat as others have mentioned.

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Donate them to your local Sea Scout Group. They are always looking for pieces of rope to teach knot tying, whipping and splicing and will much appreciate the gift. Also you will be supporting future sailors.
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! always keep a few short lengths (5-12') of line handy esp. when doing more than a daysail. Just what you need when things get frisky and dingy lashings start working loose or some of those unnecessary and unseamanlike jerry cans you have lashed on deck break free. Need something to lash the wheel or tiller? secure the bimmini in a sudden squall? Ice cooler causing mayhem below as it crashes about? Main decides to go up by itself after you just fought to get it down under black skies? Whatcha gonna do,break out 100 meter coil when you only need two?
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Re: Short Ends

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Sooo you bought yourself nice new line, (Halyard, Sheets, what have you). You where prudent and measured several times, then bought a bit more. Once you have it all installed and running you realize that you have an extra 10 feet that will never be used (even allowing to cut the other end down every few years due to potential damages).

What do you do with the 10 feet or less of of line??? It is all new and nice and strong and sexy and and and...short. I am sure this crowd has lots of ingenious ideas! Lets have at 'em!
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Re: Short Ends

What others have said however you could also keep all halyards long and when you see wear at a specific point you can simply reverse the halyard and add a lot of life.......or go out and buy new ones if money is not a problem!
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