|Ordering mission blue is an easy way to pimp your boat!|
This is the start of a new series I am going to do here at EvoAnglers: Pimp My Boat. As a boat owner you develop tricks and tools that help you get the most performance, comfort and use out of your craft. Getting to hang out with a bunch of other
This first series of "pimp my boat" is for my buddy Keith in Portland who asked about setting a safety line on a raft. The technique I am showing here puts a safety line around the raft, but also gives you a loop of line to winch your boat on to your trailer with. This seems like a simple concept, but I can't tell you how many guys I know who either don't even have a safety rope, or don't have it rigged for winching their boat up. Along with the lack of a rope, I have seen many rafts that are missing the front handle or d-ring because they were being used to winch the raft up and ripped out. The ability to easily winch a raft onto a trailer by yourself is the benefit of this simple technique, and if you have tried to do this before you understand.
|Note the rope hanging off of the bow. This will be threaded through to create your bow loop.|
Boat being pimped: 13' Aire Tributary self-bailing raft with NRS frame.
Step 1: Get a piece of good quality rope that is long enough to go around your raft, through every d-ring and then wrap through the bow of your raft, doubled over (for my raft it was the circumference of the raft plus 6', see above). Most pre packaged rope you would get at a hardware store that is high enough quality for this will come long enough.
|So simple, so good!|
|As seen in the first picture, the rope loop is sitting below the floor.|
|Rope is threaded through the d-ring|
|You want to pull here (green) not here (red).|
I hope this is useful for some of you out there, especially Keith. If you have any questions like Keith did feel free to ask, of if you have any cool boat tricks that you have done, let me know! firstname.lastname@example.org