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Shore Lines

Float­ing polypropy­lene lines are the over­whelm­ing choice. In Chile, poly line comes in 220-me­ter spools, and cut­ting th­ese in half to make 110-me­ter lines guar­an­tees you’ll be able to reach that tree on the other side of the caleta, or cove. We car­ried four of th­ese lines on deck, flaked into bas­kets made of plas­tic mesh. Sin­gle­han­ders gen­er­ally seek out an­chor­ages where they don’t need to tie their boats to points ashore. Some dou­ble­han­ders told us that tying in was too much trou­ble to be worth it. Two of those crews also ad­mit­ted to com­ing within a hair of be­ing driven aground by willi­waws while an­chored.

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