Whittam Ropes is Australia’s leading manufacturer of rope solutions, delivering our items across the country and all over the world. Whether you’re looking for an industrial product or a yacht rope for sale, we have the experience and the expertise to deliver what you need with impeccable results. But, before you purchase an item for your yacht, it’s important to understand what you should be looking for. Make sure you’re aware of these important features before making your final choice.
Choose the right rope for stretch
For most purposes the aim is to minimise stretch for a given load, so that sail settings on your yacht are maintained across a range of wind speeds. It’s worth noting that modern rope technology often means that a much thinner line can be used than a couple of decades ago. Compromises in the selection of yacht rope tend to be driven by cost – while competitive racing vessels may spend significant amounts on rope, most cruisers have a more limited budget.
Mooring and anchoring, along with towing another vessel, are situations in which stretch is beneficial as it reduces uncomfortable snatching and the peak loads that are associated with this. Nylon options are often thought to be a good solution to this problem, however due to its increasing price many people are opting for polyester, which has the benefit of being easier to handle as it begins to age. With a wide range of yacht ropes for sale, browse our online store to find a variety of options for your needs.
Choosing advanced fibres for your Yacht rope
Aramids are strong, heat-resistant synthetic fibres with minimal stretch that will help to maintain a better sail shape as the rig loads up in a rising wind. In the past, Vectran yacht rope products were also commonly used, but the latter suffers from poor resistance to ultra-violet light, while the other has developed a reputation for failure without any visual warning as it ages. Cored lines are easy to identify, thanks to the material’s distinctive yellow colour – if your boat has any of these left they are liable to be nearing the end of their life and should be replaced, even if there’s no outward evidence of chafe or other damage.
The cover of a rope is often polyester, especially in cruising applications. This is often blended with aramids on high-specification racing boats for heat protection, while Cordura is used in covers on low-stretch halyards to give a rougher surface that is easier for clutches to grip. By contrast, a Dyneema or cover is very shiny and difficult to hold in a clutch, but makes sense for sheets on a performance yacht as it makes it easy to unload them from a winch when tacking or gybing.
Matching the rope to the job
One problem area is that, if you replace a line with one that has significantly less stretch, the peak loads experienced by the deck fittings and rig will be magnified. This can result in lines slipping in clutches or even hardware breakages.
Increasingly deck gear needs to be matched to the type of lines you’re using, so before buying new running rigging it’s worth making sure everything else in the system is compatible with it. Clutch manufacturers, for instance, now frequently produce different jaws to match different rope materials. In many cases these can be retrofitted into existing units and can therefore be used to replace older worn jaws of the wrong profile.
It’s also important to know what the breaking strain figures relate to – unfortunately it isn’t consistent in the figures different rope manufacturers quote. Some specify the average breaking strain of an unspliced rope, while others provide a minimum figure for spliced lines. This minimum breaking strain is a lower number than the average breaking strain, and is reduced by a further 20 per cent in the quoted figures to account for the weakening effect of the splice.
Floating lines of your Yacht
These are generally made of polypropylene for use as rescue lines in man overboard situations. However, polypropylene is not idea for use in other marine applications – it has limited strength for a given diameter and tends to be rapidly degraded by ultra-violet light.
If you are looking for yacht ropes for sale, check out these practical articles from boats.com for more information on what you should be looking for:
Choosing the right reefing system
How to tune the rig on your yacht
Understanding your rig: basic rig checks and common problems.
Contact us today
With a wide range of yacht rope options, we are the premium provider of exceptional solutions to people throughout the world. Contact us today on (07) 3205 8637 for more information on our range of products or to speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members to get their advice on the type of product that will suit your needs.