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Coir Rope and Fenders

Coir Rope and Fenders

Our traditional coir ropes and fenders for boats are handmade for us in India. Natural fibres are extracted from the outside husk of a coconut to form coir, a process which takes a lot of skill and time to perfect!

What is Coir Rope?

Made for thousands of years in India’s coastal regions, coir rope is a strong, durable and water-resistant rope made with the fibres from the husk of a coconut. To make it, the green outer shell of the coconut is first cut away, revealing the fibre-covered coconut inside. These fibres will eventually become coir rope, with the white coir fibres from unripe coconuts forming most of the world’s coir rope production, while the brown fibres from mature coconuts, which are considerably harder and tougher, are used more commonly in matting, sacking and brushes.

Once processed and twisted into rope, coir rope forms a particularly durable, water-resistant cordage that has been popular in marine applications since before written history – famously lightweight and resistant to salt water damage, and perfect for wrapping into tough, protective boat fenders, coir rope is considered by many to be the ideal fender rope.

What are the Advantages of Coir Rope?

Coir Rope is a particularly reliable rope known for its:

Durability

Coir rope is a durable, long-lasting rope, ideal for use as fender rope. Easy to knot and wrap into fenders, these ropes are popular in a range of applications thanks to a long lifespan and resistance to damage. Coir rope won’t wear down easily and doesn’t splinter. Very flexible and tough, the coir rope available from Ropes Direct is one of the most popular fender ropes on the market and is commonly used in boating or yachting applications – traditionally as rigging and mooring ropes, but in modern decades more commonly as fenders and general boating ropes.

Affordability

The coir ropes available from Ropes Direct are specially made for us in India, where most of the world’s coir rope is made. India’s coastal regions have a rich history of working with coir, supplying this tough, versatile boating rope to ancient sailors setting sail for Java, Malaya and China long before the beginnings of recorded history. As it is so inexpensive to make, and lightweight, making it easy to ship, Ropes Direct can offer coir rope and boat fenders for a very competitive price – made even lower by the fact that we sell only online, with no physical premises to drive our costs up!

High Quality

As mentioned above, the coir rope sold by Ropes Direct is made on the coast of India, where communities have been perfecting the art of making strong, high-quality ropes from coir for thousands of years. With a strong tradition of coir rope making, and as a centre of the world’s industrial production of coir rope and fender ropes, there is no better source of high-quality coir rope in all the world. Get in touch with us today on 01692 671721 or email us on info@ropesdirect.co.uk for more information on our coir rope and its applications!

Light Weight

Famously lightweight, coir rope is a great choice for boating rope as it has a very high strength to weight ratio and doesn’t weigh down the boats which use it. This is especially useful where baot fenders are concerned, as heavy fenders can reduce the efficiency of a boat, slow it down and damage its manoeuvrability. Coir rope, however, is a much lighter fender rope than the alternatives, providing great protection while keeping boats light, efficient and manoeuvrable.

Natural Waterproof Qualities (and Resistance to Salt Water)

Waterproofing is a great advantage to any rope, but it is vital in any boating rope or marine ropes. Coir rope, made from coconut fibres, is naturally waterproof, and, as coconuts primarily evolved to be distributed by sea, it has an incredible resistance to salt-water damage too. You won’t need to worry about the damaging effects of salt water on your boat fenders with coir fender rope, and you can get back to the important business of sailing!

Biodegradable, Eco-Friendly Material

Many of the fender ropes available today are made with polymers like polyethylene, resulting in a waterproof, rot-proof rope – but a fender rope that is very environmentally unfriendly, incapable of biodegrading and with a production process that is environmentally unsustainable.

Coir rope, on the other hand, is not only ideal for use as fender rope, but is produced in a way which actually reduces carbon output, as the coconuts which form its raw material are farmed and use up atmospheric carbon to grow. At the end of the coir rope’s lifespan, when it is time to replace the boat fender, you can dispose of it normally, knowing that it will naturally decompose and re-enter the ecosystem.

How is Coir Rope Made?

Coir rope is traditionally made along the coastline of India, where coconut palms are easy to cultivate and process – more than 60% of the world supply of white coir comes from Pollachi and Kerala State in India, while Sri Lanka produces 30% and takes the crown as the world’s largest exporter of coir fibre.

To make coir ropes, first the hard external shell of the coconut is cut away, exposing the fibre-covered inner coconut. These husks are soaked or suspended in water to soften the fibres, preparing them for beating and separation, before being cleaned and dried, and finally spun into yarn.

From here, the coir rope making process is the same as the weaving and twisting of other types of rope, depending on the coir ropes you need. To make boat fenders, the fender ropes are knotted and woven together, creating a strong, durable fender that is lightweight, resistant to seawater and strong enough to protect your boat from impacts!

Coir Rope Boat Fenders

Coir rope is one of the most commonly chosen materials for boat fenders, and for good reason. Rope boat fenders are considered to be vastly superior to plastic or rubber fenders, lasting a long time and providing a better performance and aesthetic to a boat, dock or mooring. Coir rope boat fenders are ideal for marine use thanks to coir’s resistance to salt water damage, its buoyancy and its natural waterproof qualities. Made from coconut fibres, which evolved to withstand seawater, coir rope boat fenders are sturdy, reliable and well-designed for use at sea or on freshwater!

Why Does My Boat Need a Fender?

A boat fender is a sort of bumper or buffer, used to prevent boats, docks and moorings from knocking into one another. Crucial for preventing damage to your boat, a good boat fender is tough enough to absorb any damage, but diffuses the force of a bump without transmitting it to your hull – woven fender rope is ideal for this purpose as it allows force to be transmitted throughout the fender, while protecting your boat from even hard knocks.

Why Use Coir Rope for Boat Fenders?

Coir rope is the ideal fender rope for boat fenders, thanks to a combination of factors: coir rope is waterproof and resistant to salt water, it is lightweight and won’t add too much weight or compromise a boat’s ability to manoeuvre, and it is supremely durable and long-lasting. The coir rope boat fenders available from Ropes Direct are high quality, biodegradable fender ropes, perfect for use at sea or on fresh water!

Contact Ropes Direct for Coir Ropes Today!

If you would like more information about the coir ropes and boat fenders available from Ropes Direct, or to place an order, you can get in touch with us at any time by calling us on 01692 671721 or emailing us on info@ropesdirect.co.uk today! The experts at our head office will be happy to answer any questions you have, and can provide quotes, recommendations and advice for anything you might need.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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