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Old 20-11-2013, 22:11   #1
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What Is A Good Chafe Protector For A Swing Mooring Line?

Everything i've tried ends up riding off the fairlead - thought i had it with some leather ones i made a while ago but they've started migrating too. I've tried various plastic pipes including that black ribbed stuff with a smooth insdie - still wandered. Anyone found something that works?
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Re: What Is A Good Chafe Protector For A Swing Mooring Line?

Not very elegant, but I've had really good luck with old terrycloth towels. Cut to length, wrap 'em around the line and lash them securely with polyester cord. The boat rode out Hurricane Isabel in a slip at the end of my pier with no fraying to the mooring lines at all.

A single 5/8" three strand nylon survived a day and a half of this sort of action with a towel as chafing gear when a north swell developed when we were in Nevis (had another slack line in place as backup.)

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Re: What Is A Good Chafe Protector For A Swing Mooring Line?

We have been using firehouse for almost 30 years now. The old stuff was canvas covered and would usually last about 2 years of full time cruising. But luckily that older style hose has been replaced with a much better "yellow" fire hose. We have been using the same piece on the snubber for 2 years and no signs of it falling apart.

You can obtain this hose for free if you are in the US just go to a local firehouse and ask them what fire station there damaged hose is sent to. If you go there and ask them they usually will be happy to give as much as you need.

To keep the chafe gear from slipping or riding up the line take apiece of thin line and tie an end around the line in front of the chafe gear and then take the other end over the chafe gear and tie on the other side. This will prevent the chafe gear from moving.

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Re: What Is A Good Chafe Protector For A Swing Mooring Line?

Punch a couple of holes in each end of your leather chafe gear and run some small stuff (thin strong cord) through it and tie it around your rode. No more moving.
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Re: What Is A Good Chafe Protector For A Swing Mooring Line?

thanks, i'll try that.
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Re: What Is A Good Chafe Protector For A Swing Mooring Line?

Big fan of leather. It just needs to be really thick.
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Re: What Is A Good Chafe Protector For A Swing Mooring Line?

I put an eyelet in each end of the new style of lay flat fire hose for lashing it in place with 3mm VB cord. I also have made up two 1 metre lengths that I have split down the middle and sewn velcro in place so as to place around a mooring rope already set. This also has eyelets in each end for lashing
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