Re: What does 'rond' mean?

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Posted by Mike Field on September 19, 2018 at 16:32:17 user mikefield.

In Reply to: Re: What does 'rond' mean? posted by Mike Jones on September 19, 2018 at 10:14:32:

"Possibly rond has the same Germanic root as the German Rand, meaning edge, rim or brim."

I suspect this is the case. My understanding is that the rond is simply the bank, the solid earth border to a water channel. The rond may be a constructed embankment like a levee, but this is not a definitional requirement -- the definition is simply 'the edge'. So any river bank is a 'rond' by virtue of its simply being the bank.

Rond anchors a la AR have never been in use out here AFAIK, and when I wanted one for Aileen Louisa some years ago I had to design it and have it made for me. (An alternative, and simpler, method has been to cut one fluke and the folding stock off a traditional fisherman's anchor; but fisherman's anchors are themselves pretty hard to find nowadays -- I've only ever had two -- and I wouldn't have wanted to waste one by doing that to it anyway.)

The point about rond anchors is that once they're in place in the bank they dig in more firmly the harder the pull, and they don't present a hazard to anyone walking along. I was a bit surprised to learn that most narrowboat users seem to use 'pins' for their mooring lines, which are simply straight metal spikes banged down into the bank a bit like a tent-peg, leaving at least several inches of steel sticking up to bark the shins of an unwary passer-by. That's like driving in an anchor that doesn't have the second fluke cut off -- and it's less effective anyway because a good pull can have it out of the ground.

There's some correspondence at the link. An internet search will (now) throw up several other links and a few pictures.

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