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Stern line - nylon?

We will be cruising this summer and some of anchorages will require tying off to shore with a stern line in addition to our anchor. I was going to get some 1/2 inch three braid nylon. But Iím a bit concerned th at the nylon doesnít float and it wonít be visible to others. I certainly donít want to foul anyoneís prop. Should I use polyester instead?
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Re: Stern line - nylon?

Pick your poison:
Polyester does not float either.
Polypropylene does float but has less strength but does not last all that long and is hard to tie reliably.
Nylon is stronger than Polyester, but not by much.
Polyester is more resistant to abrasion.

I would probably use nylon or maybe polyester and in either case, either add brightly colored floats every 8-10 feet, or else use a kellet to hold the line on the bottom.

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Re: Stern line - nylon?

Visibility can be one concern. From our experience some other considerations might be...
There are times when retrieving the line that it may sink and drift under your own boat.
A line dragging on the bottom can chafe or even snag on a rock etc.
It is sometimes beneficial to clean the line by dragging it behind the boat before rolling it up, probably safer if it stays on the surface.

Jeff's concerns are legitimate but from my experience...
Polypropylene is awkward to tie but both ends terminate on your boat where you can secure the ends with tape or some other means if necessary, I have never found this to be a problem.
Great strength is not a necessity, I assume you are just keeping the boat in position when anchoring in a nice cove etc.; if a strong wind is present and blowing sideways on the boat it is time to release the shore tie or leave the anchorage altogether. You could also add a second line.
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Re: Stern line - nylon?

Polyprop is adequate for most shoreline applications. Affordable strong enough .floats ,visible, stores on the spool that it comes on.Keep the sun off it when stored.Splice an eye on the out board end to hang a bit of nylon for securing ashore or secure both ends to stern cleats if looping thru an eye bolt or around a stump.
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