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    Default Government Warning - Faulty Throwlines

    It's be a good idea to carefully check you kit, whichever make it is ...

    Government Safety Warning.



    MAIB Safety Bulletin SB2-2018: defective throwbag rescue lines.
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    It's hard to imagine what sort of production facility these ropes came from, the fault is that the ropes had been made up of several small pieces fused together to make a full length. This is criminal behavior, it couldn't happen accidently. It could be an employee trying to damage the company or just a homicidal nutter.
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    It has happened before with a different brand. It is possible that the manufacturing spec does not include a load, but I suspect somebody looking at the waste rope and thinking we could improve our profit margin by fusing those bits together.

    Whenever I buy a new throwline I dump out the rope, retie it to reduce the loop at the bag end and examine the rope for defects.
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    And mark a rope in 5m lengths so you know how much you have in your hand or in the bag. One mark for 5m 2 marks for 10m etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian Cooper View Post
    And mark a rope in 5m lengths so you know how much you have in your hand or in the bag. One mark for 5m 2 marks for 10m etc.
    You remembered! I'm impressed.
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    The short version, some idiots have made rescue lines from rope with joins in it. Lucky for them and potential victims it was discovered during rescue practise and not during a real incident.

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    At least we now know what the problem was
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    I check my throw lines regularly. It's important to have confidence that when you need to use anything in a real life situation it perform as it should.
    Best Wishes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScoutingSteve View Post
    I check my throw lines regularly. It's important to have confidence that when you need to use anything in a real life situation it perform as it should.
    Exactly. Well worth getting them out regularly, and might as well practice the throws a bit while you're at it.

    Anybody know if there's a recommended "life" on throwlines, as there is on climbing rope etc? Obviously they spend less time exposed to UV etc, but I guess they must still deteriorate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    Anybody know if there's a recommended "life" on throwlines, as there is on climbing rope etc? Obviously they spend less time exposed to UV etc, but I guess they must still deteriorate.
    There might be but it's a little irrelevant. All plastics / rubbers degrade over time due to environment; chemical contamination, dirt/grit, U.V., ozone and wear. You could have a 30 year-old rope that's been stored away and it'd be in better condition than the lump you've had tied to your boat for a few weeks.

    A close-up inspection including pushing, wiggling and twisting a small section should tell you if it's ok.

    If in doubt, throw it out !

    (or re-purpose it for a lesser task)

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