Heaving Line

A heaving line is a length of rope that needs to be kept handy ready to throw to someone over the side.

The line should have sufficient breaking strain to haul a person back to the boat.

Whilst no length is technically specified it is recommended no less than 15 metres. Ideally a handle should be attached to the end being thrown to the person in the water. Many on the market in years gone by have had a round rubber handle.