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Old 03-06-2014, 08:12 AM
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Question best line/twine/rope to leave in rigging tube for chase .....

getting ready to button up my new deck and was wondering what everyone's thoughts were on what line to leave in rigging tube. I want something that will be strong, thin and not get brittle over the years. what say you?
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Parachute cord or heavy mono like 300#
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parachute cord.... good idea, thanks.
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Many boat builders use a "ribbon" material that I think is originally intended for the shipping industry. It is about 3/8 wide by probably 1/8 or less. Doesn't take up much room, strong tensile strength, and won't rot. There is a name that is escaping me - I'll post when I think of it. Look somewhere like Grainger.
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Another vote for heavy mono. Always pull another piece through with your wires.
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I use 1/8" braid--more solid that cored parachute cord (which also works). I have several pieces so when I pull something new, i also pull a new cord in the tube or race. The braid is easier on the hands than paracord or monfiliment line.
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This is heavy mono in my Grady's rigging tubes right now from the pevious owner. Thank you Walt
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Weedeater string.
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Para cord usually has a polyester jacket and the sun will kill it
Use braided nylon.
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Originally Posted by gfretwell View Post
Para cord usually has a polyester jacket and the sun will kill it
Use braided nylon.
Not much sun under the deck
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At West Marine in the rope area they sell spools of spectra core spider line by NER. You can use the tiniest lines that have 300-500# breaking strength.
I have always use high load line with jacket, it's less likely to leave me "half-way" with a pull. The 1/8" stuff is smaller than a piece of 12 ga wire and it's way stronger.
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I've got a 100' piece of 1/8 polyester cord sitting on my deck. Its black. $11 shipped to you. This stuff is .22/foot at west Marine.
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Originally Posted by gfretwell View Post
Para cord usually has a polyester jacket and the sun will kill it
Use braided nylon.
Polyester has better UV resistance than nylon. You may be thinking of polypropylene
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Originally Posted by Classic25 View Post
Polyester has better UV resistance than nylon. You may be thinking of polypropylene
thats exactly what I dont what to happen, everyone on here remembers their dads boat with a piece of nylon rope stuck somewhere that has totally deteriorated.
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Originally Posted by Classic25 View Post
Polyester has better UV resistance than nylon. You may be thinking of polypropylene
Yes and the para cord I have used shredded so that must be it.
It was not in direct sun but the light still hit it some.
YMMV at higher latitudes I guess.
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I used the 1/8th stuff that I wrapped my T top fabric with.
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Originally Posted by vertigo View Post
Weedeater string.
This is what I leave in mine. I always leave two strands, just in case.
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I always keep an old control cable around to use if I need to pull a new wire through.
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Originally Posted by jjblbi View Post
This is heavy mono in my Grady's rigging tubes right now from the pevious owner. Thank you Walt
I just stumbled across this. Sorry it took me 6 years to reply. Hope all is well.
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Originally Posted by top1000nole View Post
thats exactly what I dont what to happen, everyone on here remembers their dads boat with a piece of nylon rope stuck somewhere that has totally deteriorated.
Nylon has good UV resistance,.... it’s polypropylene that really breaks down into those little splintery shards.

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