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post #7 of Old 04-05-2010
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Originally Posted by itsme6582 View Post
I have a connection to a rock gym and may be able to get my hands on some free climbing rope. The gym replaces their lines every 3 months and simply throws the old ones away. Would recycled climbing rope be practical on a cruiser?
Like others have said, no.

There are a couple of exceptions, but one's related to going up the mast using jumars or a similar climbing aid to save you halyards from wear and tear. (We've got an old 10mm climbing rope just for this purpose, but I know it's use history.)

The other I've read about is use as an anchor snubber. There's a photo and explanation in Beth Leonard's book.

the only other use I've wondered about for a smaller boat would be as a preventer.

Sheets, halyards, no. Tow line or dock lines for anything larger than a small light boat or dingy, No.
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