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Re: what to do with old rope?

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Great suggestions.

I have bits of old line that I keep to practice knots. I work from home now but when I work in an office I keep some there as well. Great for taking breaks away from staring at the monitor, meetings I don't have to be fully engaged in, baseball games that are dragging, etc.

I've also experienced being at a dock (not our own) when a boat came in without lines. I have no idea what they were thinking when they left their own slip but it was an opportunity to offload some old line.
I have a small length of 3/8" line I keep in my backpack to practice knots as well.
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Re: what to do with old rope?

All good ideas, thanks! Now that I think about it, I can think of one marina around here that has a free-cycle bin (or at least they did several years ago...).
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Re: what to do with old rope?

Old sheets and halyards become new fender whips or dock lines for the dinghy. Old fender whips and dinghy dock lines go into the dumpster.


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Re: what to do with old rope?

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I think there should be an annual day for all sailors to swap, trade, sell or give away their old gear. Someone will be able to use it. Each participants pays a small fee to participate and part?? of money earned should go to charities or environmental clean up projects.

Why not start a used marine stuff website? searchable by item and location....
Yes, This.
I know I could fill a webpage page or two and empty section
of my basement (pleasing the Mrs. much)
Would start with A ...my collection of retired anchors,
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How about we start a thread and members list marine stuff they want to get rid of??? terms can be negotiated in background...

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How about we start a thread and members list marine stuff they want to get rid of??? terms can be negotiated in background...
Itís a neat idea. Shipping is always a pita, especially if something is damaged in transit or not what the buyer expected. eBay sort of has a jump on us.


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Re: what to do with old rope?

local swap fairs could deal with ALL the junk we collect!

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local swap fairs could deal with ALL the junk we collect!
Every marina should do this. I'm on the mailing list of a marina I visited as a transient, who does this annually. Ours does not.

We also have a reasonably local marine consignment store. I have to admit, it's a bit of a pita for small items, but I have sold old fenders and other items that were still useful to someone. Their business has to be an inventory nightmare.


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Re: what to do with old rope?

If this idea became a national event like a holiday participation would make it worthwhile. Does take much... a few card tables and dock carts to move the stuff.... and a corner of the parking lot perhaps.

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If this idea became a national event like a holiday participation would make it worthwhile. Does take much... a few card tables and dock carts to move the stuff.... and a corner of the parking lot perhaps.
Good idea, I would love to see it happen. I'm sure many marinas believe their payroll will get involved somehow, either in set up, clean up or dispute resolution. If the marina has a chandlery, they are probably even less likely to want to underwrite some re-use competition.


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