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what to do with old rope?

I've accumulated a lot of old, weathered rope, and it's taking up space on my boat. I'd rather not throw them all in a landfill (especially the ones made of synthetic fibers) - anyone know of a way to recycle them?
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The extra fuel you use dragging trash around on your boat would be more detrimental to the earth than dumping it in a recycling bin or even landfill.
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Rope, new or weathered, is goodness.
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Re: what to do with old rope?

Take the cover and make multi-shackles. Good for sails ties etc.


Weave a mat.


Tie a rope ladder (can be done with only knots).

Make a fender.

Add a hand-line between slips.

The fiber itself is too old to have value as recycle, and recycled rope (Marlow makes one) is made from plastic bottles. So if not something like the above, trash. And what Mark said.

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Re: what to do with old rope?

Make baggywrinkles for all your friends with traditional yachts. We used to have some pretty fun baggywrinkle making parties just before we started long crossings.
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Re: what to do with old rope?

We recently got rid of a ton of old running rigging and stiff, used nylon 3-strand. I just piled it at the head of our dock at the marina, and it was gone in no time. One man's junk...

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Re: what to do with old rope?

You can strip down 3 strand into about any size cord you might need
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Re: what to do with old rope?

Strip some cover off of double braid to be used as chafe guard and to cover soft shackles
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The problem with old double braid is that the cover is usually the most worn or sunburned part of it.

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If somebody ever makes the movie Planet of the Ropes, i will go see it.
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