Posted by: thebob.com on Dec-08-12 12:49 PM (EST)
When do I carry it?
Everytime I go out on the water in a canoe.
It is in front of me; secured to the front thwart.
Do I practice with the throwbag?
Yes, on a regular basis.
Second throw timing?
If I miss on the first throw; I can usually redeploy the bag for a second throw within 45 seconds.
I typically fill the bag partially full of water for the redeployment/second throw.
If I have one of my throwbags that has a heavier/larger diameter rope; I can get a pretty good second throw using just the rope for the second throw.
I have thrown a bag to someone in need while still in my canoe, but I exited my canoe to pull them into shore. It is definitely not an ideal position for making a throw, nor is it ideal to retrieve the person in need.
I remove all the rope from the bag, and hang the bag & rope in the shade, inside my garage, after I return home from "every" paddling outing. I visually inspect the rope as I repack it into the bag.
I have literally pulled 100s of people out of rivers with throw bags & throw ropes. More than a few could have ended up in very bad situations if I had not been there. Many were people I had never met before.
In one instance, I actually pulled in 2 people at the same time; one on each end of a 50 foot throw rope.
I don't recommend this; hard on your back!