Which rope to choose?

Which rope to choose? Picking the right rope for your boat or application is tricky, especially when there is so much to choose from on the Dinghy Rope website.

On this page we'll explain the different types of rope we sell, their characteristics and what they are best for. The cheapest option will probably do the job, but it's not always best and won't last the test.

Materials

There are a range of different materials used in our ropes, below is an explanation of each type.

Polyester

Polyester ropes are the most common rope material, polyester is also used with other materials in rope covers and is great for where a little bit of stretch in a rope is needed.

Polyester ropes are ideal for low pressure control lines, anchor lines, painters etc.

Our most popular polyester rope is our Kingfisher Evolution Performance which is a low budget rope. This is available in handy mini spools, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm and 6mm diameters.

Pre Stretched Polyester

Pre stretched polyester ropes are stronger than standard polyester ropes and are good for halyards which need to have less stretch.

We currently have pre stretched polyester available in 4mm and 5mm diameters.

Dyneema

Dyneema ropes are most popular for halyards and control lines such as downhauls and kickers where minimal stretch is important to prevent the sail from loosing shape.

We currently have dyneema ropes which are pure dyneema and also dyneema cores which have tough covers, these ropes can also be tapered which is ideal for spinnaker sheets for example.

Polypropylene

Polypropylene is a floating rope and we find it's very popular for marking out swimming pools and also as safety line on support boats. Our floatline rope is the most popular polypropylene rope we sell.

Polypropylene is also available in sheets to help them take on less water and so they also float. Our Kingfisher Evo Sheet rope is the most popular sheet which floats.

Cover or Non Cover?

Covered Rope

Pros

  • The cover provides a surface which you can grip onto, especially when pulling the rope or cleating it off
  • Covers come in a range of colours and make lines easily identifable
  • Provides protection from the sun
  • The rope tends to last longer

Cons

  • Adds weight to the rope
  • Some covers hold water

Uncovered Rope

Pros

  • Allows access to splice the rope
  • The rope is lighter
  • Less friction so ideal for halyards which need to go up quickly for example

Cons

  • Will get affected by the sun
  • Not as easy to get hold of due to less grip

Questions?

If you're still not sure what to go for then please feel free to call Andrew on 07793 953564.

 

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