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Old 02-28-2014, 02:43 PM
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Talking to boating friends of mine, some say rope is rope, some say marine rope (line) is more dependable and will last longer - Is there a good answer to this question??????? - I use dock lines and anchor lines bought from boating dealers online - Are they any different than rope bought at say home depot and spliced right?
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Old 02-28-2014, 03:00 PM
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Rope that is good enough is good. the stuff that isn't good enough ,,stay away from. Nylon covers almost everything. then twist verse braided.. I use pot warp for anchor line and dock tie lines . All the other lobstermen in our harbor will also use pot warp to replace dock tie down lines if they find one missing . A lot of what you choose should depend on how often you check it for wear etc. The less you can check it , the better it should be. Good rope is cheap insurance.

I get almost everything from here. they have a store in Brant Rock Ma I use.

http://newenglandmarine.com/products...by/rope-twine/

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Originally Posted by whynotsail View Post
Talking to boating friends of mine, some say rope is rope, some say marine rope (line) is more dependable and will last longer - Is there a good answer to this question??????? - I use dock lines and anchor lines bought from boating dealers online - Are they any different than rope bought at say home depot and spliced right?
Interesting question! While, say, 3 strand twisted nylon can be purchased at both home depot as well as west marine, I would think the higher end brand names would have some feature or manufacturing process that makes it more expensive? Whatever the case, I'm pretty sure rock climbers don't buy their rope from home depot or Odd Lots.
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Thanks for the replies - both of the written answers make sense - sounds like it's time to do some research on quality marine rope since I don't get a chance to check my lines often and find out who has good prices - liked the comment about rock climbers a lot
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I believe there is only 1 rope manufacturer in the us.
There are different types of rope. Sampson braid, nylon, poly, ect.
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Ropes are manufactured per different specs.
A marine grade rope has a higher percentage of cotton and nylon, than a Home Depot, 3 strand nylon. Which may have a higher blend of polyester..
Not sure of the exact blends and percentages
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It's not rope, its line. Second it doesn't matter where you buy it from you need to pay attention to working load and breaking strength. Buying at HD or other non boating store will save you a bit of cash if you know what you are looking for.
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As I'm starting to learn more, it seems there are other factors involved like how resistant to sunlight the rope (line ) is and how long it stays pliable -
are these things true or just a sales pitch?
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Originally Posted by Copper Collar View Post
It's not rope, its line. Second it doesn't matter where you buy it from you need to pay attention to working load and breaking strength. Buying at HD or other non boating store will save you a bit of cash if you know what you are looking for.
It's rope until you put it on the dock or boat.
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Originally Posted by LI Sound Grunt View Post
It's rope until you put it on the dock or boat.
Rope refers to wire.
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rope or line - who would you recommend to buy from for dock lines. mooring lines, anchor lines from? Is American rope better than import?
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Originally Posted by Copper Collar View Post
It's not rope, its line.
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Originally Posted by whynotsail View Post
rope or line - who would you recommend to buy from for dock lines. mooring lines, anchor lines from? Is American rope better than import?
I don't have the answer you're looking for, but around here we have a couple marine 'flea markets' annually, and there are always a few vendors selling excellent line cheap. Off the top of my head, I want to say I usually pick up a dock line or two (I want to say it's 1/2" but could be +/- 1/8) for around $0.75-0.85 a foot.

Quality lines almost never wear out. I actually wonder why I keep buying them because I have never thrown one away. (unlike crappy anchor line or home depot rope) I'm sure I have some 10+ year old lines around here.
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Amazon for regular nylon 3 strand. Defender for Sampson double braid anchor line. I just converted my anchor line to the double braid. Very nice, soft, doesn't kink and I can hold almost twice the amount on my Lone Star drum winch .

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The Home Depot line is just good for that...Things at Home Depot. I would never use that line on the boat......Remember, it's that line that the safety of your boat depends. Use only good quality line....Save the Depot line for tying plywood...
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you pay for what you get, do you want to save $30 and have your line break in some odd circumstance? You know its not going to break when you are on your way to the store.
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Originally Posted by Copper Collar View Post
It's not rope, its line. Second it doesn't matter where you buy it from you need to pay attention to working load and breaking strength. Buying at HD or other non boating store will save you a bit of cash if you know what you are looking for.
What kind of line should I use to secure my bumpers to my gunnels?
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