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post #20 of Old 09-17-2011
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I use 5/16" line, about 25' long. The painter is usually looped thru the stern cleat but when we come into port I tie it to the stern rail and make it real short to keep it out of the prop and the dinghy under control. Once, the welded ring on the dinghy broke in VERY rough seas. I noticed it 1/2 mile off, surfing for the rocks. We ran it down and reattached it.
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