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Throw bag / Throw line Modification

I had a bit of time today so had a go at modifying my two throw lines. I much prefer the “clean” rope principle where the end of the throw line that you keep hold of is a clean piece of rope i.e. has no knots or tubing.


Throw bag / Throw line Modification


The second modification I carried out was the removal of the tubing from the bag end of the line and the reduction in the size of the loop. The idea is that the loop is big enough to clip a karabiner into but is far too small to get a hand stuck.


Throw bag / Throw line Modification


Throw bag / Throw line Modification


  1. It’s also worth Retying the knot in the bottom of the bag. I use a figure 8 knot and leave a decent length of tail so it doesn’t slip and come loose.

  2. I made the same adjustments to my HF bag. I also cut the plastic tube and kept it on the small “krab loop” just for durability.

  3. My HF bag bottom loop has been replaced with spectra tape tied to be only clippable and then clipped on the inside by a screw gate to the rope tied with a bowline that way I can quickly have a completely clean line and always have that one screw gate spare that you’re short in any given scenario!

  4. the plastic loops are great to keep for someone modifying an open boat. people always asked at the shop for them.

  5. I’ve done the same but kept a shortened piece of tube on the bag loop to protect the line.

  6. Alex Edinborough

    November 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    there is always a chance that a double figure of 8 will pull through, especially when wet (so will a bowline). to remedy this you can tie a stopper knot on the short end and it will be a lot harder to pull through

  7. Could you please explain why you prefer the “clean” rope principle? Is it so you are sure that you can relate your grip if the kayak pulls you away?

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      March 13, 2017 at 11:34 am

      The main purpose is to reduce the chances of snagging. It can also be thread through and released much easier in particular Rescue situations.

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