550 Cord (Parachute Cord) Used For Emergency Boat Trailer Repair

I keep 550 cord (paracord) in my emergency gear bag and it came in handy the other day, when I launched my bass boat and then discovered one of my trailer's bunk boards had lost a screw and slid out of place.

The bunk boards hold the boat so it doesn't sit directly on the metal trailer frame. While the weight of the boat was on the board it stayed in alignment. But when the weight was removed, the board floated up a little and slide off to the side.

My boat was launched but my trailer was disabled. There was no way I could load the boat back onto the trailer with the bunk board in that condition – floating and moving freely. I did not have a replacement screw, and I wasn't sure a new screw would hold in the old wood, even if I had one.

What to do? If you are me you go fishing and worry about the trailer later. No use wasting prime fishing time when the boat is already in the water. And the fishing was good – I enjoyed the outing.

When I returned to the marina, as the light of day faded, I docked the boat and turned my attention to the trailer. A hole in the trailer frame normally accommodates a screw, which normally twists into the wood of the bunk board and holds it tightly in place. When the screw became loose it allowed movement and gouged the wood, as the trailer bounced during transit. That ate wood from the bunk board, enlarging the hole until there was no resistance and the screw fell out. Even if I had a replacement screw, it would not have been able to bit and hold in the key spot on the bunk board.

It was easy to use 550 cord to make a temporary repair. I just threaded cord through the hole on the trailer frame, lashed it around the bunk board a few times, then pushed it back through the hole and tied it snugly.

That held the bunk board tightly in perfect position, allowing me to load the boat and drive home. No crisis and little inconvenience, allowing me to get home and make a permanent repair at my convenience.

550 cord is made from nylon and it is tough. It resists damage from abrasion, won't rot or shrink when wet and won't deteriorate in sunlight. It is perfect for many emergency saves.

It sure saved me that day. It would have been tragic to drive all of the way to the lake, push the boat into the water and then not be able to fish because of a trailer problem.

– Dave Webb

Food For Camping And Backpacking

We've been impressed by the taste and convenience of the Mountain House freeze-dried pouch meals - so much so we decided to sell them on our website, paracordgalaxy.com.

We're located in Southwest Utah, where winter ends early and spring brings all kinds of opportunity to hike, camp, Jeep, boat and explore. Our staff people are always venturing outdoors and the actually use products we sell. It is always good to get their feedback.

For camping/backpacking food, you can't beat the Mountain House pouches. Just heat water (we use a small backpacking stove), pour it into a pouch, zip the pouch closed and then wait a few minutes. Easy peasy. The food can be eaten right out of the pouch, minimizing the amount of gear you need to carry.

Many of the pouch meals are rated at 2-3 servings - depending on the appetite of the consumer.

Some of our favorites include:

These products really are good. Even the scrambled eggs. Just add hot water and within minutes you have a nice meal, anywhere.

I'm stocking up for my trips.

- Dave Webb

Where To Buy Paracord

At ParacordGalaxy.com, we appreciate our customers and try hard to earn their loyalty. We believe we have the best products, best selection and best prices. We always have a loyalty coupon available to allow our customers to save a bit on our already low prices.

We want be the answer to the question: Where to buy paracord?

Lately we've been creating packs of our most popular paracord products, to make it easy for people to buy them and save even more money. We are also always looking for new cord colors and new paracord accessories.

If you come across new colors or paracord-related products you would like to see us carry, please contact us. We'll pass the info onto our buyers and see if we can get the products at a reasonable cost.

Parachute Cord as a Friction Saw

I keep a roll of parachute cord (550 paracord) in my everyday carry kit and I always make sure I have a roll in my automobile. It comes in handy in all kinds of everyday and emergency situations.

One application I never considered was using it to cut plastic and other materials.

The video below shows using paracord to cut nylon webbing, by exerting pressure as you move the paracord rapidly back and forth against the nylon webbing. The movement creates friction, which creates heat, and which cuts through the webbing in sort order.

I've also seen parachute cord used in a similar manner to cut through zip ties, including ties used by police to restrain people in lieu of handcuffs. I've heard that it can be used to cut some soft metels but I have not confirmed that.

I get my paracord from ParacordGalaxy.com, because they have the best selection, price and service.

- Dave Webb

Mule Tape Is Excellent In Emergency Kits

Mule tape is incredibly strong, soft, flexible and can be used in all kinds of emergency situations.

For example, I have a roll of 2500 lb mule tape in the emergency kit I keep in my car. I've used it to pull other vehicles out of the snow and to tie down heavy loads.

I've also seen it used to repair backpacks and duffel bags and even rig make-shift harnesses when climbing and rappelling. It is very versatile.

ParacordGalaxy.com offers a wide selection of mule tape, in varies sizes and strengths, to meet almost any need. I like the 2500 lb strength tape because it is very strong for its size and yet it is small and can be easily coiled and stored.

1250 lb and 1800 lb strengths are also popular on our website.

Mule tape is much like webbing, wide and flat and flexible. Our mule tape is made from polyester and is white, with the strength rating printed on the tape itself.

Outdoor Edge Para Claw

The Outdoor Edge Para Claw buckle is winning excellent reviews from our customers and from the outdoor community as a whole.

The buckle features a high-quality, extremely sharp knife blade, with the hard plastic of the buckle searching as a sheath to keep the blade safe when not in use.

The buckle is commonly incorporated into bracelets, so it is available instantly whenever needed. It is also popular for use in lanyards and key fobs.

The knife blade can be deployed instantly with one hand, after you get use to the set up.

Lately fishermen have discovered the knife buckle and use it to trim line ends. It's just very convenient having a sharp knife available anywhere, anytime, as needed.

The buckle is now the most popular item in our Amazon store, and is rapidly becoming one of the most popular items on our website.

The Scoop on Bungee Cord

Bungee Cord, Bungie Cord, Shock Cord or Elastic Cord? Yes to all of them - it’s like that crazy (but helpful) uncle that answers to any name you call him.

Here’s the scoop:
Bungee cord is the common name for a type of cord with an internal core composed of one or more elastic strands and covered by a woven sheath. Other common names include “shock cord”, “stretch cord” and “elastic cord”. Bungee is sometimes spelled “bungie”.

Material used for the elastic inner core may be natural rubber, synthetic rubber, a blend of both or even other material. The inner core material will vary by manufacturer based on the intended use of the cord.

Quality bungee cord is manufactured to achieve a specific amount of elongation or “stretchiness”. The amount of elongation is expressed as a percentage of the unstretched length. Bungee cord with a 100% elongation rating can be stretched to double its original length. For example a 12 inch length can be stretched to 24 inches. By comparison, a 12 inch length of bungee cord with a 50% elongation rating can only be stretched to 18 inches.

The woven outer sheath may be made of cotton, nylon, polypropylene or other materials. The outer sheath protects the elastic core and facilitates uniform stretch along the entire length of the bungee cord.

Things to consider when you’re ready to buy bungee cord:
  1. If you want the bungee cord to stretch a lot then buy bungee cord with a higher elongation rating.
  2. Generally speaking, larger diameter (thicker) bungee cord is stronger - but is also harder to stretch. Don’t buy bungee cord so big and thick that you can’t stretch it or work with it.
  3. The outer sheath material matters. Think about how and where you plan to use the bungee cord and buy bungee cord that matches those conditions. Do you need resistance to UV light, abrasion, water, mold, mildew and so forth.
  4. Bungee cord is made in a variety of colors and patterns. Don’t limit yourself to drab, industrial colors. ParacordGalaxy.com offers approximately 40 colors and patterns of bungee cord.

Everyday uses for bungee cord include the following:
  • securing objects or a load without having to tie knots
  • “no tie” shoelaces
  • external tie down cords on bags and packs
  • elastic drawstrings and cinch cords
  • camping and outdoor activities where a secure but shock absorbing anchor point is needed
  • replacement cord for backs and seating areas on bungee cord chairs
  • bounce-back netting for ball sports
  • crafting (especially small diameter bungee cord for bracelets as well as hair elastics and scrunchies)

Where to buy bungee cord:
Of course we hope you’ll choose ParacordGalaxy.com when you’re ready to buy bungee cord. We offer the highest quality USA made bungee cord. Our bungee cord is rated at 100% elongation. We have bungee cord for sale in a variety of diameters and lengths. Get bulk bungee cord or bungee cord by the foot (in lengths as short as 10 ft) and in diameters of 1/8", 3/16", 1/4”, 5/16” and 3/8”. We also offer bungee cord hooks and cord locks.