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Which rope is right for you?

 
 

 

FIBER

 

CHARACTERISTICS

 

USES

 

  Nylon
 
Strong, high tensile strength
Superior shock absorbency
Abrasion resistant
Mildew resistant
Excellent wet/dry strength retention
 
 
 

 

 

 

POLYPROPYLENE

 
1.75 times stronger than Manila
Lightest weight rope; floats
Minimum stretch
Highly flexible
Loading resistance
Good abrasion
Chemical resistance
 
Boating Ropes: Mooring, Buoy,
& Tow Lines

Restraining Line

Ski-Tow Rope

Farm & Camp Trailer Winch

Decoration and Hobbies
 

 

 

  POLYDACRON

 
2 times stronger than Manila
Light weight; floats (1” & up)
Moderate stretch
Highly flexible
Good abrasion
Chemical resistance
 
Mooring & Docking Lines

Buoy Line

Ski-Tow Rope

Stringing & Hand Line

Utility & Tree Rope
 

 

 
        NYLON
 
2.5 X stronger than Manila
Superior shock absorbency
Excellent rope
Good abrasion
Mildew resistant
 
Stern-to-Bow Towing,
Mooring & Anchor Line Carrier Rope
Slings
Climbing & Safety
 

 

 

     POLYESTER

 
2.5 X stronger than Manila
Lowest elongation
Good handling
Close control
Good rot, mildew, &
 ultra-violet ray resistance
 
Halyards & Sheets
Running Rigging
Docking Lines

Tent Rope

Hoisting Rope

Lock Lines
Antenna Guy Lines
 
 
 
 MANILA                                        
 
      Manila is a hard natural fiber, with moderate tensile strength and very easy to handle.  Manila stretches very little and holds a knot well.  It is specially waterproofed, rot and mildew resistant, but will be damaged over time if not stored dry.  Chemicals will also cause it to deteriorate.
 
      Manila is very popular for public utility construction and repair because it will not melt on contact with hot wires or equipment like synthetics do.  It will burn, however, if the temperature is very high or if the rope is in contact with the wires and/or equipment for an extended period of time.
 

  POLYPROPYLENE                 

      Polypropylene rope is the most popular all-purpose rope for the average consumer.  It is economically priced and has a wide range of functionality.  It is highly flexible and has minimum stretch.  Polypropylene has great loading resistance, and is about twice as strong as Manila.  
 
    Polypropylene rope is functional because it has good abrasion qualities as well a chemical resistant.  It is the light weight and floats, and is very popular for pool markers and water sports.  A type of polypropylene is Hollow Braid, which is very popular because it can easily be spliced. 
 
    Poly can be affected by sunlight deterioration, more than any other synthetic or natural fiber rope, but its life can be extended by storing it away from direct sunlight.  Polypropylene begins to weaken and melt at 150°F, the lowest melting point of all synthetic ropes. 
 
 
 NYLON
 
     Nylon rope is the strongest of all common use ropes.  It is carries excellent working qualities and has superior shock absorbency.  When stretched it has a "memory" for returning to its original length. 
 
     Nylon last 4-5 times longer than natural fibers because it has good abrasion resistance and is not damaged by oil or most chemicals.  Nylon rope has good resistance to deterioration from sunlight, and is mildew resistant.
 
 
 POLYESTER
 
     Polyester rope is very close to nylon in strength when a steady force is applied.  However, polyester stretches very little and therefore cannot absorb shock loads as well.  It is also as equally resistant to moisture and chemicals as nylon, but is superior in resistance to abrasion and sunlight.  Polyester rope is the most popular general purpose rope in the boating industry.

 

 
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