Re: Uses for Rope
Doug Roach (djroach@ix.NETCOM.COM)
Sat, 11 Apr 1998 23:15:50 -0400
> We did get a towing hauser(sp) off a Coast Guard ship but what do you do with
> 400ft fo 2" diameter rope!
> John Blanchard SM Troop 35 West Greenwich, RI Narragansett Council, BSA
It's 2&1/4! Two inch is for sissies! :-)
Whenever any Coast Guard unit towline shows ANY sign of abrasion or
wear, the entire 600' spool has to be replaced. It's a safety thing.
Usually, they keep it around for fancy work around the station...i.e.
fencing or wrapping pilings etc. I grabbed a load of it four or five
years ago and gave it to the District for use at camporees and Scouting
events. That former towline off a 41 foot UTB has served as a tug-of-war
line for hundreds of Scouts, demarcation line for various events,
harness line for several klondike-type sleds, support line for many
pioneering projects. Various lengths of it just keep showing up at all
sorts of District events. Cub Scouts can ALWAYS find something to do
with lengths of heavy line.
I was a SAR boat coxswain in the Guard for many years so it was easy for
me to get some. If anyone on the list has need of some heavy, nylon
double-braid line that will last forever in Scouting uses, just call
your nearest Coast Guard Station and ask about towline that has been
retired. Please don't ask for them "rope". They'll probably give you the
stock answer that the only rope on Coast Guard units is wire rope. Ask
for "line"-- it makes you sound like you know what you're doing. And be
sure to mention it's for the Scouts.
By the way, I also keep about fifty feet in the back of my pick-up for
those emergency tow jobs. Now whenever I need to get towed, I'm
equipped. (A Scout is Helpful.) :-)
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