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Uses for old double-braid?

As a result of various upgrades and modifications I seem to have collected far more odds and ends of various sizes and lengths of double-braid both new and old that I can find a use for on the boat (the last thing I need is yet another spare dock-line! ).

In the past, old 3-strand could be "re-purposed" into all kinds from baggywrinkle to shoes... but this modern stuff doesn't seem to have the same flexibility.

What do people do with odd lengths of double-braid? Any great ideas??
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Re: Uses for old double-braid?

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Re: Uses for old double-braid?

Unfortunately most seem to turn them into docklines - with their relatively low stretch it's not a good setup - and any 'gronks' from running over chocks and cleats seem exaggerated, to say nothing of the abrupt 'fetch up' when they pull taut.

One thing you can try, though.. put them in a pillow case and wash them - they may not be 'done' afterall....
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Re: Uses for old double-braid?

Weave 'em into mats for on the boat, dock, etc. That's what my son does with old climbing ropes.
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Give them to me.


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Re: Uses for old double-braid?

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Weave 'em into mats for on the boat, dock, etc. That's what my son does with old climbing ropes.
That's about all I could think of, myself... however old climbing ropes tend to be rather long which is what you need for mat-making.

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Re: Uses for old double-braid?

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Unfortunately most seem to turn them into docklines - with their relatively low stretch it's not a good setup - and any 'gronks' from running over chocks and cleats seem exaggerated, to say nothing of the abrupt 'fetch up' when they pull taut.

One thing you can try, though.. put them in a pillow case and wash them - they may not be 'done' afterall....
Nope.. these are (mostly) done all right.

I probably should have mentioned that the lines in question are the 'frustrating' ones, either the right length and wrong size or vice versa, and sometimes reminders of the time I simply bought the wrong thing. Some examples from my "collection" :

- 2 x 25' lengths of 10mm with thimbles spliced in one end (the biggest my boat needs for anything is 8mm)
- 1 x 30' length of 12mm (came, in a bag, with the boat!)
- 2 x old jib sheets (the right size and length, but frayed to buggery)
- 1 x old mainsheet (see above)
- 1 x 10' length of 8mm (new, right size, but too short for anything useful? Maybe I'll keep it just in case.. as a matter of fact, I'm currently keeping them ALL.. just in case. )

Perhaps the best option is to just leave them lying around the Club one day: Someone is bound to come along thinking "I can use that!!" and, after a year or three of them lying around in the bowels of the boat, find themselves asking the same question as I did in the title of this thread..
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Re: Uses for old double-braid?

Frayed -- toss.

10' of 8mm -- keep handy. Short pieces of line end up with lots of uses, like tying dock a cockpit tarp, tying down objects to the deck, making a tether to hold the anchor in place. It doesn't take much space and will get used.

What size is your boat? 25' x 10mm (why are you mixing units?) might be useful as storm-weather jib sheets. They'll slip less than 8mm jib sheets on your winches. The eye splices (are they big thimbles or little?) will allow you to attach them to the sail with a soft shackle, which won't catch on standing rigging like a splice.

The 12mm line you could give to someone else on your dock if you don't have an immediate use for it.

Is it possible that the 10mm and 12mm lines are double braid dock line?
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Re: Uses for old double-braid?

Prepare a rats nest to stop Japan's whale boats! Makes good trailer tie down rope, Build the kids a rope swing..........Dale
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Re: Uses for old double-braid?

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Frayed -- toss.

10' of 8mm -- keep handy. Short pieces of line end up with lots of uses, like tying dock a cockpit tarp, tying down objects to the deck, making a tether to hold the anchor in place. It doesn't take much space and will get used.
Good points.. except I'm not sure about the "will get used" bit.

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What size is your boat? 25' x 10mm (why are you mixing units?) might be useful as storm-weather jib sheets. They'll slip less than 8mm jib sheets on your winches. The eye splices (are they big thimbles or little?) will allow you to attach them to the sail with a soft shackle, which won't catch on standing rigging like a splice.
Boat is 30'. I'm mixing units 'cause youse guys wouldn't understand meters and I can't be bothered converting metric line sizes to whatever it is y'all use over there.

Hmm.. hadn't thought about using them for storm-sheets. Good idea!

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The 12mm line you could give to someone else on your dock if you don't have an immediate use for it.

Is it possible that the 10mm and 12mm lines are double braid dock line?
Don't think so.. One has been fitted with a 'red' taper on one end and the other 'green' so they must have come off a larger boat and the PO might have thought they'd come in useful one day.

..and I'd use them for dock lines if I didn't mind looking like a noob.
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