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Stern-Tie Webbing Spool

I am looking for a source for an item that I have seen both live and in boating magazine ads, but can no longer find. It is a flat spool that mounts vertically on the side of the stern rail or "pushpit", and holds a few hundred feet of nylon webbing for use as a stern-tie in tight anchorages. The ones I have seen were about 2 feet in diameter by about 1.5 or 2 inches thick and had a fold-out crank for reeling back in.

Google comes-up with nothing but mention of a Swedish one on a boat's blog. Can anyone out there help me.
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We've seen them around too, and the obvious advantage is the small amount of space it takes for the same length of floating line.

But - man can these things every make a lot of noise! We had a good blow last summer at Newcastle Island and a couple of boats were rafted and stern tied ashore with said webbing. The wind was hard across their setup and the webbing started oscillating and whistling like a helicopter trying to run its rotors up to speed. It woke me up in the middle of the night several hundred yards away. I can only imagine what that sounded like resonating inside the boats.

So though I can see the advantage, based on that night I'll continue to use regular floating line!
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You can buy a portable plastic garden hose reel at just about any hardware store for about $30. I have over 300' of "sampson line" with room to spare. That's the line that commercial crabbers use. I saw several other boats using plastic hose reels this summer although most are using a poly line.

I used to have some cheap poly braided line a a $7 plastic extension cord reel. It would only hold 150 feet though. I've seen the web reel in a magazine, but I haven't seen is used yet.
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It is called an Ankarolina.

Personally, I would not recommend it...since the breaking strength of the largest size is only 7000 lbs., which is pretty low for an anchor line. I use a 5/8" anchor rope, and it has a breaking strength of 12,200 lbs., and is much more chafe resistant than the nylon webbing used in the Ankarolina. Yet, the advertising copy for the Ankarolina states:
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Ankarolina is a flat, polyester braid similar to a car seat belt. It is extremely durable and strong. Because it is so thin, you don't have to disconnect it from the anchor when not it use: just run it underneath the hatch cover.

With a breaking-strain of 5500 lbs., it has the same holding power as a 1" - 1.3" line. As you can see from the pictures, it requires much less space than the same amount of 1" rope!

BTW, if you want to stop a piece of webbing from howling under the force of the wind when it is under tension, you need to put about half-a-dozen twists in the webbing, and that will prevent it from making noise generally.
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Thanks SailingDog,

That's the one I've seen. I don't want it for an anchor line, but rather as a stern-tie ashore in some of the tight anchorages in this area.

For larger anchorages when I might need a stern anchor, I have an 18 kilogram Delta with 20 metres of 10mm high test and 75 metres of 16mm laid nylon. My primary anchor is a 40 kilogram Rocna and 100 metres of 10mm high test.
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But - man can these things every make a lot of noise! We had a good blow last summer at Newcastle Island and a couple of boats were rafted and stern tied ashore with said webbing. The wind was hard across their setup and the webbing started oscillating and whistling like a helicopter trying to run its rotors up to speed. It woke me up in the middle of the night several hundred yards away. I can only imagine what that sounded like resonating inside the boats.
Sounds likethey forgot to put some twists in it to prevent the wind vibrations.
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