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Was on a boat today when the owner referred to a 'painter', now I know that that is a mooring rope on a small boat. Anyway I decided to check and found out that it is the 'string at the front' in particular. Once it was an everyday term but now I rarely hear it used, or even use it myself which is a pity. Us boaters have a rich vocabulary available to us, as well as long standing  traditions and customs. Have a peep at this lot:


There are only two ropes on a boat, a bolt rope and a bell rope, lots to learn. Then perhaps you'll tackle the Ashely Book of knots :rolleyes:

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Well I suppose I might bend on this as long as it goes without a hitch.

Actually there aren't too many knots as such, leading me to wonder what the correct name is for the boat securing "lets keep the mooring post warm" knot! You know the one... sixteen round turns and eight hitches.

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