He wants to make one that, that is his prerogative. I cant help you with the braid, but I would suggest you use a rope with a braided sheath (kernmantle) and use a thicker rope as well. Thin rope is dangerous. I made one for about $24 and it actually fits my requirements quite well. FYI, not all surf ropes are long enough for some boats and towers, especially the larger boats. I used a piece of Schedule 40, 3/4" CPVC pipe about 9-10" long as the handle and use a double figure of 8 knot to secure it back to the main strand (triangle). You tie one figure of 8 then slide on the plastic pipe and retrace the figure of 8 to secure it. Then, about every 2' to the sweet spot I tied a simple knot. I put on a couple of pieces of pool noodle to act as floats near the handle. Due to the rope thickness, I tied a smaller section to the end with a sheet bend knot for the tower hook. Initially i just had one big knot at the end, but the handle is so much easier to use!
Last edited by Iceberg; 09-04-2013 at 6:29 PM.