Originally Posted by Roguelawyer
I never really thought this through. My last boat had a 3/8 rope chicken line tied at each D-ring. I finally got a new boat so . . .
I see a lot of boats with webbing. Pros ? Cons? Tied at each D-ring or not.
I would say if you are willing to take the time and expenditure of tieing rope as individual segments between D-rings, go for it. its not going to hurt, so long you get the lines tight to an inflated boat.
The pro would be similar to that of multi chambered rafts. that is if you break one, you still have a few to relay on. Also, in segments of rope you risk less entrapment when the boat fails, albeit not mush less entrapment.
as far as webbing vs rope goes, get it tight around an inflated boat and either will work.
Chicken /O.S. lines are a source of security as well as danger. I have seen and understand both arguments and tend to side with lack ther of.
But every river and operation has their specific needs, you just need to find yours.