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Old 07-03-2012, 07:26 AM
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Default Throw rope options & throw cushion/ring mounting

Looking at adding a throw rope back to the boat - a 24' Bay Boat which is floating 99% of the time of a freshwater lake, although it may find its way to the Chesapeake Bay or elsewhere in the future.

Currently I have a throw cushion wedged between the console and t-top for quick access (and visibility to the game wardens ), but it is not my favorite mounting location due to the looks (the least important reason of course), but also concern it could blow out on me or be a little too easily "borrowed".

Looking for some good suggestions to mounting tricks/locations for either a throw cushion or ring on a Bay Boat (console has rod-holders on the side so that's not really an option).

Also looking at getting a throw-rope bag. Any recommendations on good ones / bad ones. The one at Overtons is priced to make it a no-brainer but wonder if 50' of line is sufficient - have seen others (although almost 2X cost) with 75' of line.

http://www.overtons.com/modperl/prod...SHOPPING_33100
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Originally Posted by mwardncsu View Post
Looking at adding a throw rope back to the boat - a 24' Bay Boat which is floating 99% of the time of a freshwater lake, although it may find its way to the Chesapeake Bay or elsewhere in the future.

Currently I have a throw cushion wedged between the console and t-top for quick access (and visibility to the game wardens ), but it is not my favorite mounting location due to the looks (the least important reason of course), but also concern it could blow out on me or be a little too easily "borrowed".

Looking for some good suggestions to mounting tricks/locations for either a throw cushion or ring on a Bay Boat (console has rod-holders on the side so that's not really an option).

Also looking at getting a throw-rope bag. Any recommendations on good ones / bad ones. The one at Overtons is priced to make it a no-brainer but wonder if 50' of line is sufficient - have seen others (although almost 2X cost) with 75' of line.

http://www.overtons.com/modperl/prod...SHOPPING_33100
I got mine from west marine

Came in an orange bag with velcro straps so you can locate it almost anywhere

Do not get the hard plastic throw rings . . . they really hurt . . . don't ask how I know
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Woops

50 feet is plenty long as you will be using your boat to get at least that close to a person in distress.
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The other use for a throw bag is to pay out the line and circle the victim, dragging the line into them. For this you want a longer line.


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I'm new to salt, but old to whitewater, and no whitewater boater would leave home without a throw bag! Don't understand why they aren't more common on ocean boats. The USCG 47's have 2 of them at ready out here.

Make sure the swimmer knows to grab the line, not the bag, as more rope will pay out if they grab the bag.

If the swimmer gets towed, turn facing away from the current to avoid a nose full.


To compare different lengths, rope strengths ect, take a look at a good whitewater catalogue on line, such as "NRS", Northwest River Supplies.

https://www.google.com/search?q=nrs+...&ved=0CJEBELMY

You can even get a smaller bag to clip to your pfd or to wear as a fanny pack, which wouldn't be a bad addition to offshore boating, or ditch bags.


With a little practice, you can easily throw, underhanded, a 50' length floating line in a bag with considerable accuracy--much more distance and accuracy than a life ring. If a swimmer was close enough to tag with a flotation device I would throw that, but for longer throws, eg in rougher water, from a sailboat..., the line is a better bet.

PS, meant to add, a couple of caribeners are good to have on board as well. I would quickly attach the bitter end of the throw line to the boat by simply looping the end of the throw rope around any sturdy fixture. Also good for making bridles, a makeshift pully.....

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After a close call this past weekend , we are getting a donut and I will mount it using the lightest strength cable ties I can find.We will also get the bag with a rope, small prices to pay for safety.I will check back in a month with how my mounts hold up.
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Defender Marine has a good selection.

http://www.defender.com/category.jsp?path=-1|135|303330&id=1659050
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Not sure if any of them would be rated high enough to use for other uses such as towing, but having a 50-70' piece of rope on board can serve other purposes, and throw bags are a tidy and convenient way to stow away rope. I have a 100' homemade bag (used an old nylon North Face bag) with rope rated 4000 lbs, and some of the higher quality bags are actually rated 4-5000" and are meant to be used for setting up zip lines, z drags and the like. A couple of prusijks and pullys and you have significant mechanical advantage.

Another item that comes in handy for multiple uses, NRS boat straps made of high quality webbing. Great for trailering tie downs and fasteners.
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Originally Posted by popi View Post
After a close call this past weekend , we are getting a donut and I will mount it using the lightest strength cable ties I can find.We will also get the bag with a rope, small prices to pay for safety.I will check back in a month with how my mounts hold up.
Just a thought. Zip ties may prove stronger than you think in an emergency. I mounted my life ring with three velcro/elastic straps.
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Most, if not all, of the prefab'd throw bags have quick release buckles for mounting on the interior of the boat.My 50' kayaking bag is part of my ditch bag, and has a carabiner attached to the bitter end for quick hitching.
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I have throw bag on my boat, and have used it twice. With pretty good acuracy both times. One was an emergency, and I did not have time for a second shot. The one this past weekend was an assist, so a friend did not have to swim so hard to get back to the boat, (PFD was on, and went to retrieve a ball).

The emergency, was a couple of years ago, during a poker run, a girl on another boat desided to go swimming while the boat she was on, was anchored outside the dock waiting for a slip. The river has a 6 knot current, and she was asmatic. As she was going by, I had one shot to get the line to her, a life ring, would not have made the distance or accuracy.

While a throwable, is a CG requirement, I find the throw bag more usefull. I keep a CG approved cushion on board and the throw bag. I have a caribeaner on the throw bag, that I can always clip to the cushion.

I do not think brand is important, but make sure the line inside is a quality line, with a little weight to it so make throwing easier. Also the line must float. Lenght is a personnal choice, I believe mine is 50'.
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DON'T WAD UP THE ROPE AND JAM IT IN THE BAG! It will tangle when thrown. hold open bag in left hand, feed rope in to bag with right hand, may have to keep rope from "falling" out with thumb and first finger of left hand. it will take a few minutes to stuff bag.. if you miss on the first throw don't try to re-stuff rope for second throw... leave rope "piled" at feet, scoop bag full of water and throw again. always use underhand throw... good idea to practice with the kids... make it a game.. good idea to have TWO throw bags.. always demonstrate how to use to guests. ANY PARENT that goes to a lake, pond, small river with KIDS should always have a throw bag with them and teach kids what to do when you throw it to them... if you have a big in ground pool keep a throw bag near by. Fifty foot of line is a good length... 75 feet is probably the maximum most people can throw without leaving a bunch of rope in the the bag ... throw bag s little beyond the person in the water... ideally the rope should fall across their shoulder... definitely within arms length to the side... as mentioned before, they should grab the rope, not the bag..NRS is a good source... DON'T try to make a throw bag using ski rope!... TOO STIFF...

I know this is an old post but throw ropes are worthy of updated info and never are old...

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