Practice makes perfect. By our third toss, we were consistently hitting the mark.

Ropes for Throwing

Throwing bags are best in an emergency, but an old jib sheet can cover a lot of water.

We all know the drill. A new arrival pulls toward an unfamiliar marina or fuel dock with a breeze blowing, and they can’t quite get in. An inexperienced crew is rapidly dispatched to the bow and instructed to throw a line to a helper on the dock. They grab a coil of line, heave it . . . and it lands in a tangle in the water, scarcely halfway to the dock. Confusion erupts and the boat kisses a piling or nearby boat. If and when the line is successfully thrown, it’s a wet tangled mess aimed at your head.

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