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Old 09-12-2013, 10:46 AM   #1
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Question How To Prevent Chafing?

I've noticed that where my docklines come in contact with my gelcoat that they are starting to leave black marks on it. I've tried washing it off but it acts like I'm going to have to wax or compound it off.

Any suggestions on how to prevent this from happening?

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Old 09-12-2013, 10:55 AM   #2
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Any suggestions on how to prevent this from happening?
TAYLOR MADE Dock Line Chafe Guards at West Marine
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thanks. I looked at Defender and didn't see anything.
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I use a hydraulic hose protector which is much like a fire hose which some use. It is a 10th the price of ready made. Buy by the foot for less than a dollar a ft. Works awesome and available at most industrial suppliers.

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Can you get the dock lines off the gel-coat? Adding chafe protection to the dock lines is only going to protect the dock lines not the finish.
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Old 09-12-2013, 03:10 PM   #6
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Can you get the dock lines off the gel-coat? Adding chafe protection to the dock lines is only going to protect the dock lines not the finish.
No, the cleats sit Topsides and the lines go over the edge down to the floating dock.
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I use a hydraulic hose protector which is much like a fire hose which some use. It is a 10th the price of ready made. Buy by the foot for less than a dollar a ft. Works awesome and available at most industrial suppliers.

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How do you get them from moving or dropping down the line?
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When I wanted chafe protection for my lines, the First Mate and I made a trip to Goodwill. With her direction, I bought a black leather purse for only a few dollars. Took it back to the boat and carefully cut the stitching to give me some nice sized pieces to use on the dock lines. Sewed it on with a herringbone stitch and looks mighty fine on the fore deck.
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I was having the same problem. I got rid of my black lines and bought white one. Worked for me
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TACO make SS rub strakes. These are designed to prevent dock, fender or anchor lines from chafing the topsides and/or cap rails.

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Old 09-12-2013, 05:33 PM   #13
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TACO make SS rub strakes. These are designed to prevent dock, fender or anchor lines from chafing the topsides and/or cap rails.

Rub Strakes @ http://tacomarine.com
Looks like they attach with screws. With a cored hull, the least amount of openings the better.
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Beachbum, I recently tried a product to remove some rub marks and rust stains that acetone would not touch. It worked very well and is called FSR...Fiberglass Stain Remover by Davis.



I have found a product that makes a good, long-lasting chafe protector without staining the rubbing surface. It's called Rescue Tape. I use clear for the chafe protection but it comes in many colors.

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Beachbum, I recently tried a product to remove some rub marks and rust stains that acetone would not touch. It worked very well and is called FSR...Fiberglass Stain Remover by Davis.

I have found a product that makes a good, long-lasting chafe protector without staining the rubbing surface. It's called Rescue Tape. I use clear for the chafe protection but it comes in many colors.
That tape lasts on the line?

I wonder if the Gander Mountain store in St Augustine stocks it? Hoping to go that way Saturday when I want to see if Sailors Exchange has any port screens.
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Yes, BB, the tape lasts a long time. It does not stick to the line as the 'tape' has no adhesive. It bonds to itself as you stretch it and overlap it onto itself with 50% coverage. Check out the video.

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Yes, BB, the tape lasts a long time. It does not stick to the line as the 'tape' has no adhesive. It bonds to itself as you stretch it and overlap it onto itself with 50% coverage. Check out the video.

Cool. I like simple and effective fixes.
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How do you get them from moving or dropping down the line?
I just use black tie wraps, they have never moved.
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When I wanted chafe protection for my lines, the First Mate and I made a trip to Goodwill. With her direction, I bought a black leather purse for only a few dollars. Took it back to the boat and carefully cut the stitching to give me some nice sized pieces to use on the dock lines. Sewed it on with a herringbone stitch and looks mighty fine on the fore deck.
Great idea for a cheap source of leather.
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Disclaimer: The owner of Rescue Tape is my buddy, and I made that silly video for him (originally designed as an end-cap display video for Ace Hardware Stores).

I've personally used it at home and on the boat and it works every time. And while it's great for whipping the ends of lines and can be effective as an anti-chafe mechanism, it's kind of "permanent" if applied for this purpose (meaning you can't easily slide it up and down a line or remove it for use on a different line).

However, we're almost six-months into a test of Spiroll Rope Protectors. Here's the web site: Spiroll Rope Protectors - Marine Definitely watch the video on that page and you'll totally understand why it's so good.

So far we think it's an awesome product for the intended use. Not only has it eliminated chafe on our dock lines, it has also eliminated those annoying "squeaking" sounds dock lines make as they rub on the boat. We're going to make a product demo video about it in a few weeks.

So... Rescue Tape will work and be effective as an anti-chafe for your dock lines. But don't tell Ron I said the Spiroll product is faster and easier to use for this purpose.
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