Boat Tie Up Systems Featuring the Boat Rope Retractable Mooring Line

Boat tie up systems can solve a lot of problems. Have you ever been ready to dock your boat and then you cannot find your rope or when you do it’s on its last leg? Or, better yet, you left it on the other boat you tied up to at the sandbar or cocktail cove.

Dockside boat tie up systems are not new in attempting to solve this problem. The BōT RōP (Boat Rope), however, solves this problem with its retractable mooring system that replaces traditional three-strand dock lines and toe-stubbing cleats. Inside its rust-proof enclosure, the lockable mooring device stores and protects the double braided mooring line and the plastic-coated snap hook. Flush to the surface, there is nothing to trip over, thus providing safety while walking on the dock.

We hope you enjoy our introduction to the BōT RōP. You might also be interested in our review of the best pontoon bumpers, fenders, and accessories. We also reviewed the top 5 pontoon boat covers for harsh conditions.

Boat Rope Retractable Docking and Mooring Line (Eye Model)

BōT RōP (Boat Rope) -Retractable Docking and Mooring Line (Eye Model)
  • Comes with a cutting template for easy installation.
  • The retractable line makes it easy to find the length you need, in addition to concealing the rope back into the canister to...
  • The "Tide Adjuster Switch" allows the line to lock into place or extend and retract freely in rough or tidal conditions.

Boat Rope Retractable Docking and Mooring Line (Snap Hook Model)

BōT RōP (Boat Rope) -Retractable Docking and Mooring Line (Snap Hook Model)
  • Comes with a cutting template for easy installation.
  • The convenient retractable line makes it easy to find the length you need, in addition to concealing the rope back into the...
  • The "Tide Adjuster Switch" allows the line to lock into place or extend and retract freely in rough or tidal conditions.

The Inventor of Boat Rope Retractable Docking Line

We asked Miller Johnston, the CEO and inventor of the BōT RōP, what inspired him to create the device. Not surprisingly, he ran into some of the same problems we all run into when docking a boat.

boat tie up system mounted to dock with retractable line
The boat tie up systems by BōT RōP feature led lights and retractable line.

So, I grew up on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs Arkansas. My family always had a boat and we enjoyed water skiing, jet skiing, boating, and wakeboarding. My whole family would use the boat; aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, and parents. Therefore, everyone would dock up differently. My family would always fuss and argue about who wasn’t tying the boat up properly. And this person was using this knot instead of that knot. The length of the rope wasn’t the correct length, so on and so forth. Or, someone would stump their feet and toes on the cleat. Maybe, we would pull up to a restaurant and we couldn’t find any lines to dock the boat.

The whole experience was pretty stressful because the driver would try and dock the boat while trying to not to damage the dock or the boat while searching or helping someone find the lines all at the same time. So, I came up with a retractable boat/dock line to solve all the problems one would have docking up. 

Top 5 Reasons to Choose the BōT RōP Retractable Boat Tie Up Systems

1. LED Lighting

A solar LED light illuminates the area where you will be mooring your boat. This eliminates tripping hazards and ensures safety while allowing you to spot your dock and moor at night. Now, you can add the post mount attachment as well. Just in case you can’t or don’t want to drill a hole in the boat dock, a post-mount attachment would be a great option. It’s great for wooden, PVC, aluminum, and steel pilings.

2. Retractable Dock Line

The convenient retractable line makes it easy to find the length you need, in addition to concealing the rope back into the canister to eliminate tripping hazards.

Boat tie up systems by boat rope.
Check out the flush mount boat tie up systems by BōT RōP.

3. Great in Rough Water Conditions

The “Tide Adjuster Switch” allows the line to lock into place or extend and retract freely in rough or tidal conditions.

4. Durable Nylon Rope

The 9-1/2 foot double braid nylon line allows you to moor your boat without trouble. Additionally, the eleven wood screws and the quality design, allow for a strong and durable boat tie up, no matter the condition.

5. Stainless Steel Lockable Latch

The stainless steel lockable latch prevents thieves from stealing the entire device or the mooring line. The product’s coating and stainless steel parts prevent corrosion and rust to ensure durability. In addition, the stainless steel spring, along with the retractable line, allows the user to conceal the mooring line in a clean and safe place, out of the elements and free from algae.

How do I install BōT RōP?

You can install the boat rope using the template that is included in the box with the product. For a perfect cut, the manufacturer suggests using either a jigsaw or reciprocating saw. In addition, this retractable mooring system can be installed in composite, PVC vinyl, aluminum, and wood decking. The pier mount model may be installed on any wood, steel, PVC, or aluminum piling.

boat rope retractable mooring line
No more stubbed toes with the BōT RōP retractable mooring line.

What size Boat can BōT RōP Support?

Anywhere from 35 feet and below or 7500 pounds dry and below. If you are looking to tie up a houseboat or large cruiser, the manufacturer recommends changing out the rope to a 3/4th’s inch diameter line.

How do I use the BōT RōP?

Check out the demo video of the product below.

What is this Boat Tie Up System Made Out of?

The device is made out of stainless steel, steel, and aluminum all coated in an epoxy resin that is powder coated and baked in an oven to preserve the integrity of all the metals in order to restrain corrosion, rust, and damage.​

How do I change out the Mooring Rope?

Changing out the rope is simple. Pull the existing rope completely out and lock the spool into place with the set screw. From there, unscrew the rope attachment and install the new rope. lastly, unscrew the set screw to release the rope back into the canister. (See Instructions)

Can the BōT RōP be Used in Saltwater Applications?

The BōT RōP® can be used in fresh or saltwater. It has marine-grade stainless steel and aluminum that is coated to prevent corrosion and rust.

What Type of Line is Included with the BōT RōP?

The boat rope comes with a 1/2 inch white, double-braided, nylon rope that is “end whipped” at the base of the splice for extra support. The 9 1/2 foot line will either have a coated customized snap hook or an eye at the end for mooring.

Can I use my own Mooring Line?

Yes.  If you want to install a larger or smaller line made from different material, that is fine. Just make sure the line can extend all the way without exceeding the spring’s elasticity.

Boat Tie Up Systems // What is the Warranty?

A 1-year warranty is included with the BōT RōP®. The warranty is contingent on the device being used only for mooring boats in the specified weight and length class. BōT RōP® LLC will also replace parts for free 1 year after the original date of purchase. BōT RōP® LLC will allow returns for a full refund within 30 days after the date of purchase, contingent that the product is unused. This is a great warranty compared to other boat tie up systems.

BōT RōP (Boat Rope) -Retractable Docking and Mooring Line (Eye Model)
  • Comes with a cutting template for easy installation.
  • The retractable line makes it easy to find the length you need, in addition to concealing the rope back into the canister to...
  • The "Tide Adjuster Switch" allows the line to lock into place or extend and retract freely in rough or tidal conditions.
BōT RōP (Boat Rope) -Retractable Docking and Mooring Line (Snap Hook Model)
  • Comes with a cutting template for easy installation.
  • The convenient retractable line makes it easy to find the length you need, in addition to concealing the rope back into the...
  • The "Tide Adjuster Switch" allows the line to lock into place or extend and retract freely in rough or tidal conditions.