[QUOTE=MickAK;166784]Yeah, but the bags are ugly :).
We carry both, with a short eye splice at the end for changing out easily. Some would argue that the bags don’t fly quite as good, and I know what I would reach for if I really needed to make a toss. The part about bouncing off a pier is valid. If we’re mooring at a potentially litigious place out come the bags.
I enjoy making beautiful heaving knots, otherwise we’d probably just have the bags.[/QUOTE]
We are still almost 100% monkey fist because that’s what has been in use for years and is the default method.
I think nothing wrong with the monkey fist but if you need to start using weights it might be worthwile to consider the sand bag instead. It definitely could be an issue in some ports. Some tug crews will cut off the ends if the fist is too big and heavy.
The most distance I’ve ever seen achieved with a heaving line was years ago in the Bering Sea. We were approaching a foreign trawler. I was on the foc’sle with a couple guys, we were so far out that my crew was still smoking cigarettes and shooting the breeze with our heaving lines still coiled on deck when the trawler crew’s lines started landing around us like they were dropping out of the sky.
They were using heaving lines made from parachute cord with weighted heaving line knots (not monkey fists) and they were swinging them in a circle then letting them fly bolo style. I’d say they were getting at least 50% if not twice more distance then anyone could get throwing a standard heaving line with a monkey fist side-arm.