Originally Posted by DGR
I don't see how that stops the rope rubbing on the tube under load.
Im confused - I never said it did - its an alternative to the bit of cut down D strake being discussed here.
Best way to stop rope damaging your tube when under load is thread it through a standard bit of hose pipe - rope can slide up and down inside the hose pipe and your tubes don't get damaged - I use this method for a rope boarding ladder - works a treat.
If however we are just talking about guiding a rope - then these cleat style fairleads will work just as well as cut down strake and look much better.