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No rat's nest and it is faster to use bags
You would never coil and anchor rode, for certainty that it would tangle on the drop. Racers wouldn't use them if they did, and they do use them
However, bagged lines are slow to dry (never it seems) and will get some algae growth. On the plus side, it keeps them out of the sun. It does not shorten their lives. I have used bags for 20 years on several boats.
I have always sewn my own, as the commercial bags never suited the space I had; not difficult.
I must admit I don't quite understand the "coil on the winch" approach anyway. Most of my winches serve several lines, at least on occasion, so having a line parked on the winch seems like double parking. By keeping the lines in bags (one compartment for each line--very important) the winches are free and the lines are always ready to run, just like a rode in a chain locker.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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Last edited by pdqaltair; 11-26-2011 at 10:16 AM.