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Old 01-01-2013, 11:49 PM   #1
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I'm still snowed in and got an idea about building cheap leashes for my rods, paddle or other equipment.

I started with around 6' of weed eater line, a short piece of 1/2" copper pipe and a drill. First, I drilled a hole at one end of the pipe and put about 3" of the line through the hole and wrapped the line tight around it. When I got about 3" from the other end of the line I drilled a second hole and inserted the remaining line. I then put it in a pot of boiling water for about 15 minute, allowed to cool and pull off the line. It's pretty springy and I think it will work, though I think I'm going to try it later with thicker line. The stuff I used is the smallest.

My plan is to crimp loops in the ends and put a small carabiner on one end and velcro on the other.

I'll try to post some pics later.
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Has this been done? Will it work?
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Very cool idea. Try to add a snap buckle or what ever they are called. I love that on my hobie leashes. I can quickly unsnap the rod from the leash when I need to use it so the leash isn't in the way.
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I've done that with heavy mono before for a speargun. I hated it for that, but didn't even think of using it for the yak. Great idea
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Great idea. I may try that.

I have used cell phone charger cables - whip loops in the ends. A length of para cord is also good - cheap and effective. Of course, then you actually have to use them, which I am guilty of not doing all the time...
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I tried it again with some of the thicker stuff. I got about 8' on the little pipe, but I think it's going to work better. It's a lot stiffer and springy.
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I don't like carabiners as unless you pay a lot the salt water eats them in no time. I've also had problems with the velcro.
The best leashes I've seen for the money are these:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/42-Inch-Mari...item2c6ad0ccf2
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I don't like carabiners as unless you pay a lot the salt water eats them in no time. I've also had problems with the velcro.
The best leashes I've seen for the money are these:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/42-Inch-Mari...item2c6ad0ccf2
I'll be in salt water about a week out of the year. Should work for me, probably not you locals though.
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try these nylon clips from Scotty - I order them a dozen or so at a time. Multiple uses for them. I counted that I have 10 rigged on the yak for various reasons right now. Easy to use, never corrode. $1.25 each from Austin Kayak. Not sure if they are available locally.
http://www.scotty.com/boating-suppli...cellaneous.htm
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