Ropes Direct Article in the NORTHERN RIVERS SAILING CLUB NEWSLETTER

NEW SEASON, NEW LINES
by Russell Hurst from Ropes Direct

Getting ready for the new season and thinking of replacing those worn out lines? Here’s a quick summary of the main rope types available and their uses.

3-strand Multifilament Polypropylene – A low-cost floating rope for mooring lines and fender ropes. It is a flexible rope, easy to splice and with uv stabilisers will last for many years.

8-plait Nylon – Nylon is ideal as an anchor rope. It can be spliced on to chain, sinks in water and has good abrasion & uv resistance.

3-strand Polyester – A sinking rope for mooring lines and fender ropes. It has excellent uv & abrasion resistance, is easy to splice and is a good step up from multifilament polypropylene.

Braid on Braid Polyester – An ideal cruising rope from Kingfisher for sheets, halyards and control lines. A low stretch braided polyester core with an abrasion resistant polyester cover. Heat set after braiding to reduce creep.

Dyneema – HMPE rope is stronger, lighter and safer to use than steel. 12-strand SK-78 core with a braided HT polyester cover makes for a hard wearing, low stretch and strong line. Ideal for sheets and halyards on racing yachts.

To see all these ropes and more in a range of colours and diameters come and visit us at our warehouse – we’re halfway between Ludham and Catfield in front of the water tower. All of our ropes are manufactured in the EU and conform to the appropriate EN ISO standards.

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