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Old 03-21-2017, 05:15 PM   #41
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My experience-----not junk but close to it. I purchased two reels (300'), one was 1/2" and the other 5/8". Both ropes were very soft and shrunk under load. The 5/8" resembled 9/16" at best. Never broke a dock line made with this junk but I will not purchase cheap rope again.

A month ago West Marine had New England rope on sale. I purchased 200' of both 1/2 and 5/8". Still in their shipping containers and will stay there until the boat is in the water. Just my humble thoughts
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There are lots of sources of rope.

Just because it is inexpensive, doesn't mean it is junk...anymore than purchased through a marine distributer that it is overpriced...

Check the pedigree and if it comes with any certified specifications....as I posted before, sometimes local suppliers have good rope for far less than big name marine suppliers.

I bought some discount dyneema knock off...it has been great at 1/4 the price for cutoff lengths from Hamilton Marine. Maybe it doesn't meet the astronomical strength of dyneema.... who cares as long as it is still 10 times stronger than what I need.
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Old 03-21-2017, 07:05 PM   #43
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......... My dock lines are just really pretty old..
Just like most everything else, they have a service life and then they should be replaced. Even buying quality lines at full retail at West Marine, the cost is insignificant compared to the other costs of ownership of a boat. And quality lines should last a few years.

Mine are getting old as well. I'll wait for a sale.
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Shave off a few dollars with everything on a boat and it adds up very nicely....and often doest change one little bit of serviceability or pleasure.

Just ask the manufacturers why they don't use top of the line stuff all the time.....profits.
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My experience-----not junk but close to it. I purchased two reels (300'), one was 1/2" and the other 5/8". Both ropes were very soft and shrunk under load. The 5/8" resembled 9/16" at best. Never broke a dock line made with this junk but I will not purchase cheap rope again.

A month ago West Marine had New England rope on sale. I purchased 200' of both 1/2 and 5/8". Still in their shipping containers and will stay there until the boat is in the water. Just my humble thoughts
Foggy you describe the difference between good line and bad line perfectly.

My suggestion for buying line is to look for the best price you can on a name brand like Samson or New England. That is how you get the best value for your money.
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Old 03-21-2017, 10:05 PM   #46
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UV stabilization or lack of is something you can't see until its to late.
I have bought cheap rope in Oz before , not for the boat, that has failed miserably in the sun.

Same here.
3 strand nylon from Bunnings is crap. The sun just destroys it within a couple months.
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Same here.
3 strand nylon from Bunnings is crap. The sun just destroys it within a couple months.
Nylon rope is inherently pretty UV resistant. I think you must have gotten something else. Possibly a mixture of nylon and polypropylene.
Polypropylene is quickly damaged by UV.
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