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
- 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..