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Old 03-30-2015   #1
 
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Knots for perimeter line?

Finally got some rope for my perimeter line, what knots do you guys use to tie off at the stern?

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I like to tie open girth hitches at the stern D-Ring, backed up on each side with a double overhand. Get the length right by playing with it a few times, deflating and inflating, until it's tight as a piano string. Some rope and cord will stretch when new. Get it wet before you start.
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I like to run a continuous running line around d-rings, starting at stern, looping the webbing through each d-ring. As RD says, soak it for an hour or so beforehand and it will stretch. When it dries it will be even tighter. (Assuming we're talking about webbing here).

Also, some here have used cam straps with good success.
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Haven't had a chance to test it out, but i figured the water knot would work well for webbing run continuous. Its strong and trusted frequently for climbing anchors. Just have to trouble shoot getting it taught. I imagine the figure 8 would work equally well for rope.
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Haven't had a chance to test it out, but i figured the water knot would work well for webbing run continuous. Its strong and trusted frequently for climbing anchors. Just have to trouble shoot getting it taught. I imagine the figure 8 would work equally well for rope.
This is what I use too. Figure 8 for rope and water knot for webbing.
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Curious as to why the perimeter line would need to be "tight as a piano string"? My line is to allow an unfortunate rider, or me, to grab the line and attempt re-entry or at least hold on. I've seen a couple that were so tight you could not get a finger in between line and raft. Don't see the point in that. Please enlighten me.
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it's 5/16 rope. Not webbing.
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Curious as to why the perimeter line would need to be "tight as a piano string"? My line is to allow an unfortunate rider, or me, to grab the line and attempt re-entry or at least hold on. I've seen a couple that were so tight you could not get a finger in between line and raft. Don't see the point in that. Please enlighten me.
Yo man, maybe not like thattttt tight... (I think they say one or two fingers is too tight, a fist is probably too loose) The idea is that when you load the line/webbing with your full body weight while getting back in the boat, you will have enough firm support from the line to leverage on, rather than pushing the line down to your feet and not really getting too far. I'm all for having perimeter line to stay with the boat, but ultimately I'm haulin my ass back into it too.

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You want it super tight because the boat will soften on the water and saggy chicken lines are an entrapment hazard. You can always grab them and tighter makes it easier to climb back in.

The reason I don't tie a continuous loop is the girth hitch is easy to adjust.
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I use a truckers hitch on one side to make it easily adjustable.

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