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Old 07-10-2015   #1
Eden, Utah
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perimeter rope width / type around raft

I've always had a pretty thick (probably 5/8") rope on the perimeter of my boat (through the d-rings around the side).

I've seen recently a lot of boats that are sporting a much smaller gauge rope (3/8") and wondering if there are any advantages / disadvantages to the width of the rope.

I know a lot of you will say not to use a rope at all for safety reasons, but I'm definitely in the camp of having one so let's keep this on topic please and just discuss the width of the rope.


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Old 07-10-2015   #2
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I use 1" strap webbing, and keep it right.

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Old 07-10-2015   #3
Eagle, Colorado
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I like a thicker perimeter rope for climbing in and out of the boat and dragging it up on the trailer.
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Old 07-10-2015   #4
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plus one on the webing. Tight!
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Mine are 5/8's, but I've contemplated going to tubular webbing with a padded cam so as to tighten pending on boat squishy-ness. And I thought about doing just a regular strap with padded cam, but just the thought of carrying a boat by that makes my hands hurt.

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Old 07-10-2015   #6
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I have really expensive 0 stretch rope around my perimeter...and I regret it. It is difficult to tie (due to its size and tight weave) and I can't get it as tight as I would like it against the tubes no matter what I try.

Listen to others here and use tubular webbing. All the strength with less volume and more flexible.
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Old 07-11-2015   #7
Portland, Oregon
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Switched from rope to 1" tubular polyester webbing recently and much prefer the webbing feel to the hand and overall look as it comes in a wide variety of colors.
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Old 07-11-2015   #8
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Plus 1 on the webbing

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Old 07-11-2015   #9
Salida, Colorado
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I find tubular webbing is the safest and easiest to use. Make sure the boat is fully inflated and get the webbing wet before installation so you can get it tight. Leave a little bit of tail to work with if you need to tighten it more. I like to wrap it once around the D-rings as you thread it. Happy Boating.

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