After much searching, we finally found the perfect
all-plastic, non-rustable reel for less than $10 (plus shipping) from
Reel-Core Inc. The sturdy, compact reel (14" long with a 12" outer and 3"
inner diameter) holds 600' of half inch polypropylene line if wound carefully,
and stows nicely in our lazarette when not in use. A 1" PVC pipe inserted
through the center, with T-ends, acts as a spindle. To deploy or retract the
line, we simply slip the entire unit onto the cockpit handrails, moving it
into the cockpit once we are tied off. See also
Stern Tying: With a Messenger.
contact info for Reel-Core (no relationship, just a happy customer):
904 Third Avenue SW
PO Box 209
Waukon, IA 52172