Foldable rope/fish totes i'm having made

steveinak

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I'm going to have these rope totes made up for sale here in AK for my customers to use to store their shrimp pot lines in. Most guys here have small boats so this folding style makes for easy storage once the gear is in the water, just fold it up. They are going to be made of a heavy duty mesh material with webbing handles and a few grommets along the top to tie them shut, size is 20x20x20 & they stand upright by themselves. Easy to clean just soak in soap & bleach and rinse. Do you guys see any use for them back there ?? store anchor lines, fish in a slush tank, carry ice to the boat ??? Let me know what you think, don't ask how much $$ i don't know that yet, the one i have is just a sample they made me. I have 5 600' coils of 5/16" rope in the picture.
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Is there a reason the rope can't be stored inside the shrimp pot?

I would rather bring that to the super market and bring my groceries home in them and save a tree for lumber and keep the plastic out of the dump.

There might even be more food shoppers to sell those to than shrimpers with small boats.
 

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Most people couldn't pick that bag up if it was full of groceries, LOL.
 

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any idea how much it will hold just flaking the line in? looks like it could replace my fish basket I use now to the anchor line
 

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Most people couldn't pick that bag up if it was full of groceries, LOL.

That is why you buy a few of them:D I would imagine the 5 coils of 600' by 5/16 adds up to be a few pounds. Rope ,groceries , etc, great idea,, 1001 uses !
 

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They look terrific for bringing groceries home from the store.
JUST KIDDING !!!
The problem that I would have is that they can't be stacked. We put line into fish totes. You can flake line into the totes until full and then set another on top and continue on. When the whole trawl is in totes you can lash the handles together and pick the whole trawl of rope with the dock crane. The whole trawl of rope is ready to go in the Spring. No tangles and all in one package.
 

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Is there a reason the rope can't be stored inside the shrimp pot?

I would rather bring that to the super market and bring my groceries home in them and save a tree for lumber and keep the plastic out of the dump.

There might even be more food shoppers to sell those to than shrimpers with small boats.

We fish in 100 fathoms !
 

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any idea how much it will hold just flaking the line in? looks like it could replace my fish basket I use now to the anchor line

Should work just fine :D fish basket inside the tote
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had a good sized coil of 1/2" nylon outside, its fills the tote about 1/2 full
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They look terrific for bringing groceries home from the store.
JUST KIDDING !!!
The problem that I would have is that they can't be stacked. We put line into fish totes. You can flake line into the totes until full and then set another on top and continue on. When the whole trawl is in totes you can lash the handles together and pick the whole trawl of rope with the dock crane. The whole trawl of rope is ready to go in the Spring. No tangles and all in one package.

The grommets are there to close the top of the tote off, fill it with rope tie it shut and stack them as high as you want. I'd bet you could get 2 totes of rope into one of these. I have bigger bags that i store my gillnets in, nets are 150 fathoms long by 24 to 60 feet deep, move them around with a forklift :D
This is one i had last year w/aprox 3000' of 5/16" rope in it
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i think i could fit my mother in law and a couple of bricks in one of those
 

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Would be good for smaller boats that might be fishing 5-10 pot trawls. A 10 pot trawl of 3/8 is approximately 800-1000 ft of line depending on spacing. Most of those guys take all the gear home and either coil or flake into a barrel. Storing the barrels when not in use can take up a lot of space and make the yard look a bit untidy, (wife thinks so) but barrels are pretty cheap so the price point of your bag might make some folks balk. But like the idea
 

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Question time. How tough are these bags? How will they hold up to weight, say as much as 50 pounds? To gear trying to poke through? To general abuse? Are they repairable if something does put a hole in them? Are they UV protected? IE, can they sit outside all winter and still be undamaged for the coming season? What kind of mesh, what material?

All this would seem to be pertinent for the use you're suggesting. When will you actually field test them?
 

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Question time. How tough are these bags?
The only thing that can tear them is a sharp piece of steel and thats if they are really full.
How will they hold up to weight, say as much as 50 pounds?
OK the ones that i had on my bowpicker were 24x24x40 and they held aprox 700-800lbs of salmon and were lifted out of the fish hold with a deck crane, These smaller size bags will hold aprox 300lbs of fish.
To gear trying to poke through?
Gear ?? like what ?? They are not made to carry pointed sharp stuff, they are for rope, fish, ice etc.
To general abuse? Are they repairable if something does put a hole in them?
Yup they can have a patch sewed on
Are they UV protected? IE, can they sit outside all winter and still be undamaged for the coming season? What kind of mesh, what material?
Can't honestly tell ya if they are uv protected but the material is a very heavy duty mesh that is used in lighter weights for outside furniture. The ones i had on the boat lasted me at least 10years and the only reason i had to replace them is because when being lifted off the boat the dumb shit running the crane drug the bag across a bolt head or sharp piece of steel sticking out of the side of the tender. I have a couple that have been outside for years(and we get a lot more daylight) and are still in great shape.
All this would seem to be pertinent for the use you're suggesting. When will you actually field test them?
I field tested them for 25 years on my boats here, yeah if you think you can drag one full of ice & fish across a parking lot the bottom will wear out but if they are used for what they are made for they will last many years. Remember there are guys around that will try and bust a anvil !!
 

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Thank you, sir. That seems to pretty well answer my questions. I've sent your original posting on to my daughter, who manages the only store on an island with two basic types of people: fishermen and summer people.
 

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Would be good for smaller boats that might be fishing 5-10 pot trawls. A 10 pot trawl of 3/8 is approximately 800-1000 ft of line depending on spacing. Most of those guys take all the gear home and either coil or flake into a barrel. Storing the barrels when not in use can take up a lot of space and make the yard look a bit untidy, (wife thinks so) but barrels are pretty cheap so the price point of your bag might make some folks balk. But like the idea

So what size of trawl are you looking to store ?? They make these 30x30x40 and they hold aprox 1000lbs of salmon. Yeah i fished back there for 25 years, both inshore & offshore lobstering, offshore trawls were 5/8"rope 40 pot trawls spaced 25 fathoms apart. Barrels are good cause they do double duty but they do take up a shitload of room. The bags won't be cheap but most gear that lasts and works good isn't cheap, "buy it once" :D.
 

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I field tested them for 25 years on my boats here, yeah if you think you can drag one full of ice & fish across a parking lot the bottom will wear out but if they are used for what they are made for they will last many years. Remember there are guys around that will try and bust a anvil !!

You can now sell chafing gear too:D
 
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